As a mom, one of the hardest things has been to see my kids doubt themselves. Confidence is not something that happens overnight, but it is something we can help our kids develop with a bit of support from us as parents. As a mom, I see the potential that my kids have. Getting them to see it themselves can sometimes be a challenge. A big thanks to DocuSol® Kids, who have sponsored today’s post so we can share these tips with you.
We’ve all struggled with confidence issues from time-to-time. When we see our kids struggle with confidence issues it can be heartbreaking.
I’ve had my beautiful, smart, talented daughter tell me she isn’t good at anything. My handsome, smart, and creative son has told me that he isn’t good at math (despite being the top of his class).
It happens to the best of us. I try to build my kids up as much as I can at home because I know that as soon as they leave the house, the world is going to do its best to tear them down.
So how do you fight that and help boost your child’s confidence?
Fortunately, there is a lot we can do as parents to help improve a child’s confidence and help them be strong enough to stand up to anything that wants to tear them down.
As a mom of 6, these are the things I try to do on a daily basis to make sure my kids have a good confidence boost:
How to Boost Your Child’s Confidence
- Be specific in your praise. Kids know when they are receiving generic praise. They get it all the time from adults and learn quickly to tune it out. When I see my children doing something worthy of praise, I make sure and tell them specifically what I thought they did well. I try and avoid just saying things like, “good job.” Instead, I say “Hey, I saw you working really hard on your math homework. I am impressed that you kept at it even though it was hard” or “Hey, thank you for letting your sister get into the car first. I know you probably wanted to but I like that you chose to be kind.”
- Love unconditionally. As parents, we do love unconditionally but do our kids know that? It is easy for kids to fall into the trap of thinking they will only be loved IF … We are all going to make mistakes. I want to be sure that my kids know that even though I’m proud of them for being good students, I’ll love them even if they struggle. Because this is a hard concept for most humans in general, I try to tell my kids this on a regular basis. This means I don’t just tell my kids I love them, I tell them that I love them and nothing they could do would change that.
- Support failure. We are all going to fail at one point or another. I’m pretty sure I fail at something at least every day. Kids need to learn how to be confident, not just in success, but in failure too … because it is going to happen. Talk through failures with your kids and make sure they understand that failure is a temporary condition. Use failure as a learning experience to teach kids about resiliency.
- Provide opportunities for success every day. Even though failure is something we all have to deal with, kids need to experience success on a regular basis as well. Make sure that kids have opportunities for success every day. This can come in the form of sports or learning a new skill at home. Whatever your child’s interests are, make sure she can find something to be proud of every day.
- One thing that can hurt a child’s confidence is dealing with childhood constipation. Most children deal with constipation at one point or another. It’s a fact of life but it can also be embarrassing for a child and uncomfortable.
Periods of high stress or transitions (such as the start of a new school year) can make constipation more likely. My family has found that DocuSol® Kids Mini-enemas really help during times when my kids experience constipation.
DocuSol® Kids helps with general constipation relief and is safe and effective for children ages 2-12. I love that it provides relief within 15 minutes – so there’s no waiting overnight and no worry about your kids having an embarrassing experience if it doesn’t work before they head to school.
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This post was sponsored by DocuSol® Kids.