RAISING A CONFIDENT CHILD
🔹A lot of moms and dads struggle with finding the right balance when it comes to praising their kids: How much is too much? How much is too little? Is quantity that important, or is it the quality of praise that really matters?
Experts say understanding the when, where, and how of praising is an important tool in raising confident kids with a healthy sense of self-esteem.
By giving kids heaping portions of praise, parents think they're building their children's confidence and sense of self, when, in fact, it may be just the opposite. "There is something about praising your child constantly that is belittling. There's an underlying message that the child has to get his parent's approval all the time and constantly look to the parent for validation."
🔹Kids need to know that it's okay to fail, and that it's normal to feel sad, anxious, or angry. "It's particularly important for young children to have the chance to play and take risks without feeling that their parents will criticize or correct them for doing something wrong." Parents should make their own little mistakes on purpose. "Seeing you mess up and not make a big deal about it will make little kids feel so much better."
🔹 Try to expose your child to a wide variety of activities, and encourage him/her when they find something they really love.
🔹It's good for kids to have their own household responsibilities, but it may be even more empowering for a young child to assist you with a project ("I could really use your help!").
🔹Your child may dream of being a model, teacher singer or an astronaut, but don't try to set high expectations for them. The important thing is they're thinking about goals. .
-A. Tugend, R. Brooks, H. Hatfield, J. Berman
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