How do we help our children grow their self-confidence?

Body-KarmaContributed by Jennifer Shearer. How well do we actually know our kids? With summer coming to a close and kids getting ready to return to school, there will be many emotions going on in their sweet little minds.
This is a wonderful time to start planting the self-confidence seeds with your children and here are a few tips on how to do that.
LISTEN to your children.  This lets them know that they are of value & when they believe this it is much easier for them to feel self-assured.
INDEPENDANCE is key.  By allowing children to do things on their own and succeed, the more they learn to trust and believe in themselves.
POSITIVE self-talk has huge impact on confidence.  They are able to separate their actions from their worth.  They can then learn from a mistake rather than feeling they themselves are a failure.
PRAISE in the most genuine way possible.  Making everything they do into the biggest and best deal can actually work against you and them.  Kids often notice when we are not being genuine as well, so let’s keep it real.
I wish you all a smooth transition back to school and stay tuned for my Emotional Literacy program It’s OK to be YOU: a guide to building self-confidence in young children coming this Fall.
Jennifer Shearer Owner of Body Karma, a wellness-based business focused on Personal Empowerment
www.bodykarmawellness.com

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