Child Confidence – 50 Ways to a Confident Kid

teach kids to be confident

teach kids to be confidentI’ve heard people say that their goal in raising their kids is for them to grow to be happy, healthy adults. I can understand that, especially the healthy part. Not to sound cold, but happiness doesn’t pay the bills, does it? Child confidence should be in the forefront of every parent’s mind.

I believe that happiness is a byproduct of being content. Going further, I think contentment is the result of confidence.

More than anything, I want to raise my kids to be confident – comfortable in their own skin. I want them to face a difficult situation as a challenge, not a set-back. Confident kids grow into confident adults…

Here is a list of 50 ways to teach your child confidence. Please keep in mind that this is directed mainly to raising younger-children. Here goes:

  1. Tell them you trust them.
  2. Ask them for their opinion.
  3. Let them fail – teach them to learn from failure.
  4. Show them the value of persistence.
  5. Take their feelings into consideration.
  6. Set clear boundaries.
  7. Listen when they are speaking to you.
  8. Don’t interfere when they are creating.
  9. Smile at them – often.
  10. Compliment them.
  11. Give them chores and household responsibilities.
  12. Set clear expectations of them.
  13. Display their artwork (no matter how ugly it is).
  14. Let them do the interior designing in their bedroom.
  15. Show them it is healthy to compete.
  16. Teach them to win gracefully.
  17. Teach them to lose gracefully.
  18. Look at them when they are speaking to you.
  19. Knock on their bedroom door and ask if you can enter.
  20. Play with them.
  21. Let them pick out their clothes (no matter how ridiculous they look).
  22. Show them the importance of being organized.
  23. Respect their privacy.
  24. Keep them involved in extra-curricular activities.
  25. Don’t place too much emphasis on good grades.
  26. Focus on educational efforts and experiences.
  27. Give them their own calendar.
  28. Know their friend’s names.
  29. Know their favorites (colors, foods, books, etc.)
  30. Ask them to read to you.
  31. Reward their good behavior.
  32. Be consistent with disciplining them.
  33. Let them show you their interests – then guide them.
  34. Show them by example what it means to be charitable.
  35. Teach them the value of money.
  36. Expect their respect and show them the same.
  37. Let them take risks without cautioning them too much.
  38. Let them work out non-physical sibling fights.
  39. Teach them the difference between “wants” and “needs.”
  40. Teach them to save for something they want.
  41. Let them know they are a valuable member of the family.
  42. Ask them questions about their day.
  43. Eat dinner together as often as possible (with no TV).
  44. Let them prepare dinner for you.
  45. Let them “teach” you what they are learning in school.
  46. Hug them.
  47. Don’t try to fix everything for them.
  48. Ask them for help (household tasks, projects, etc).
  49. Surprise them – let them know they are special to you.
  50. Tell them you love them – often.