A Confident Child

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Children of any age excel and perform beautifully when they feel loved and confident about life and themselves. When they are belittled, ridiculed or chastised for whatever reason that level of confidence will be blown out of the water, affecting their personality and how they perform socially. A child's mental development is clearly defined by their own self esteem and confidence and at such a young age they are truly susceptible and sensitive.

The contributing factors to either building or deflating self esteem evolve around their home, family, school and friends. Being in tune with your child's changes in behavior will help you exasperate any negative impact that can negative effect your child's mental and physical health.

Acknowledge Your Child's Individualism

It is quite natural for parents to get too much involved in their child's activities. However, they often don't know that disregarding kids' individuality may put a question mark in their aptitude. It is of course, important to guide your child and participate in his activities, but it is more vital to acknowledge his individuality. He should be given the freedom and opportunity to develop himself at his own pace.

Impart Knowledge

Effective communication is the prerequisite to develop a strong bond with your child. Share your knowledge of life with him. He should not be in the dark about the basic facts related to health, life, and the society.

Be a Good Listener

Along with being a storehouse of knowledge, it is also important for you to be a good listener. Always lend an ear to the grievances as well as the desires of your child. This will create a better understanding.

Praise Your Child

Acknowledge all his achievements, no matter whether they are big or small. "Well done!" or "Keep up the good work!" are some words that can prove to be magical - they can boost your child's confidence and motivate him to reach greater heights.

Value Your Child's Interests

If you want to maintain your child's confidence, you should start respecting all his interests, even if they seem irrelevant to you.

Remove Fears

As a parent, it is your duty to remove the insecurities or fears of your child. If he expresses them - even if they seem to be trivial, be ready to accept them. For instance, if he looses confidence in doing small problems of Mathematics and every time says, "I am useless, I can't solve even small problems," it means that he is less confident in it. In such case, you should not brush him aside, rather extend assistance to him.

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