A missing piece of your child's development

Parents have long been aware of the need to instill confidence in children, but this key life skill is not often taught.

Do you remember that feeling you've had when you wanted to ask a question but were too afraid to raise your hand? It's almost like a battle within yourself. On one hand, you want to know the answer to the question, but on the other hand, you don't want to draw attention to yourself.

Do you have a question but are too shy to raise your hand?

You have something important to say that will bring great value to the conversations and the whole group, so don't be afraid to raise your hand and speak up! Your voice is needed in order to make this a successful and productive discussion. So please, don't be shy, and speak up! We're all depending on you.

Why are you so afraid? You know exactly what is stopping you. Is it the fear of being judged? The fear of making a mistake? The fear of the unknown? The fear of how things would turn out if you opened your mouth? This fear is not new to you. It has been following you for too long.

You are so afraid because you have been judged before. You are afraid of making a mistake because you have made them before. You are afraid of the unknown because it is, well, unknown. And you are afraid of how things would turn out if you opened your mouth because they haven't turned out well in the past. This fear is not new to you. It has been following you

The fear had been following me for a long time, too. I remember back in the days when I was in school, asking for help was not easy for me. I did not have the guts to ask for help or even boldly answer the questions my teachers would ask me. These days, I am more confident and I know that asking for help is not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength. I am now able to help other people who are in the same situation I was once in and that feels really good.

There’s this constant sense of doubt in the mind of every student. What if they’re wrong? What if it’s not the answer? What if my friends think I’m not as good as them? These are the questions that constantly plague the minds of students, creating a sense of anxiety and stress. This can lead to students feeling like they are not good enough, which can impact their grades and their overall performance in school.

Dear parents,

As your children go through school, they will face many different challenges. Some of the most common questions and issues that kids battle in their school life include:

- How can I make friends?

- I'm being bullied. What can I do?

- My teacher doesn't like me.

- I'm failing my classes. What do I do?

- I don't understand this subject.

- I'm not good at school.

- Everyone is better than me.

- I don't know what I want to do when I grow up.

If you notice your child is struggling with any of these issues, don't hesitate to reach out to a professional for help. There is no shame in admitting that you need help in order to care for your child, and a professional can provide you with the resources and support you need to ensure that your child is getting the help they need.

A child’s self-esteem affects virtually every aspect of their life. That’s why it’s so critical to instill self-confidence in our children early on. Self-esteem is also never too late to instill. There are so many simple things we can do to boost our children’s self-esteem.

Here are few action points that can help:

  • Praise your child when they do something right, and encourage them every time they make a mistake. Let them know that you see their effort and determination, and praise them when they succeed. Make sure to praise them often so they know that you're notice their good behavior.
  • Helping your children develop hobbies and interests is very important. Some hobbies and interests are good to start when they are younger, while others should be started as they become older. Here are some ideas:
  • Encourage them to try new things. Children should be encouraged to try new activities and experience different things. They should feel empowered to try new things and failure will not discourage them. They should try new activities, even if it is difficult.
  • Although it is inevitable that we will experience disappointment and setbacks, there are ways to cope with them so that we can learn, adjust and overcome.

In all of this we help them develop a positive self-image. By doing these things, we can help our children build a strong foundation of self-esteem that will serve them well throughout their lives. We can help them to feel good about themselves, to feel confident and capable, and to feel like they belong in this world.

Categories: Personal Development