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7th February 2019

Skill #3 Confidence

What is the Confidence?

Confidence can be described as a belief in one's self and one's ability to succeed. A confident child displays a belief in his or her own abilities. Such a belief is developed over time but hinges upon the ability to experience self-trust. Self-confidence comes from a sense of competence. A confident child needs a positive and realistic perception of his or her abilities. This arises out of achievements, great and small. Your encouraging words can help develop this confidence, especially when you refer to your child's specific efforts or abilities.

Striking a healthy balance between too much and too little confidence can be challenging. Too much can be unhealthy and you stumble into unforeseen obstacles when you overestimate your own abilities or fail to complete projects on deadline because you underestimate the time and effort they require. At the same time, having too little confidence can prevent you from taking risks and seizing opportunities in school, at home or your classes. Projecting just enough confidence helps you gain credibility, make a good lasting first impression, deal with pressure and meet personal and professional challenges head-on.

Why is it Necessary?

Without confidence in themselves, children feel unworthy of achieving plans, dreams and hopes. They give up on themselves before trying. Grades suffer, and some eventually drop out of school altogether. In later life, the same students who lack confidence are afraid of taking risks, and they do no open themselves up to new opportunities. It does not have to be this way. But an over-confident child will overestimate his skills or expectations, and this can be just as detrimental.

We at Helen O’Grady International help in making a positive impact in your child’s life. We help them embrace life through a positive attitude with our developmental drama programme. A positive approach to teaching works wonders on young students. Our holistic programme encourages students to set realistic goals at all levels of their development. Our speciality is using fun activities to focus on the striking, outspoken dramatic development and enable them to venture into themselves and discover their full potential.

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10 tips to build the skill?

Don’t get upset about mistakes

Help kids see that everyone makes mistakes and the important thing is to learn from them, not dwell on them. Confident people don’t let fear of failure get in their way.

Encourage them to try new things

Instead of focusing all their energy on what they already excel at, it’s good for kids to diversify. Attaining new skills makes kids feel capable and confident that they can tackle whatever comes their way.

Allow kids to fail

It’s natural to want to protect your child from failure, but trial and error is how kids learn

Praise perseverance

Learning not to give up at the first frustration or bail after one setback is an important life skill. Confidence and self-esteem are not about succeeding at everything all the time, they’re about being resilient enough to keep trying, and not being distressed if you’re not the best.

Help kids find their passion

Exploring their own interests can help kids develop a sense of identity, which is essential to building confidence.

Set them up for success

Challenges are good for kids, but they should also have opportunities where they can be sure to find success. Help your child get involved with activities that make him feel comfortable and confident enough to tackle a bigger challenge.

Provide encouragement often

Think about the last time someone acknowledged your hard work and told you they believed in you. That kind of encouragement not only gives adults the kind of confidence boost they need to keep going, but it also builds the best kind of confidence a child can have.

Ask them for their advice or opinion

Ask children for their advice or opinions on age-appropriate situations to show that you value them and their ideas. This also helps children build confidence by demonstrating that even adults need help sometimes, and it’s okay to ask for it.

Celebrate effort

Praising kids for their accomplishments is great, but it’s also important to let them know you’re proud of their efforts regardless of the outcome. This leads them to be more confident.

Show your love

Let your child know you love him no matter what. Win or lose the big game, good grades or bad.

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