How To Instill Confidence In Your Toddler

Instilling confidence as well as positive self-esteem for your child is essential from a very early age, as it is the foundation for psychological health, self-esteem, and well-being in later years. Between the ages of 2 and 5 years, children are at an emotional age, where it's entirely normal for kids to be nervous and sometimes lacking the confidence to tackle different situations outside the main family home.


To create self-confidence in your child at any age, it is essential for you as a parent to become positive in all your actions. Try to be positive, encouraging and full of praise at every opportunity. You need to be the person they feel most comfortable with, and they will always look to their parents for clues on how to behave much more than anyone else. They model themselves on you at all times, so they should see or hear you regularly saying something great concerning them, your spouse or partner as well as individuals around them. Positivity results in positivity, and it all begins at home.


A youngster's self-esteem and also confidence is acquired, not inherited, so it is essential that parents set a good example and try to avoid criticism. Attempt to stay clear of being extremely critical, drawing on memories of your own childhood where your parents instilled your self-confidence and try to prevent all the things that they did which might have weakened your self-worth!! If you find that you are self-deprecating once in a while, your children could discover how to do the same.


Often youngsters concentrate much more on the things they can't do, than the things they can. In team situations, youngsters will often compare themselves adversely with their peers so acknowledge their initiatives and success and acknowledge progress with praise as well as positive support for accomplishments achieved.


Allow kids to make selections and simple choices-- you can begin this at a young age as giving children a choice to make a decision permits them to learn more about outcome and consequences.

This promotes problem-solving skills and independence It's appealing to wrap youngsters in cotton wool as well as cosset them by being over-protective, but they learn to be much more reliant on their parents and as adults they could believe that they are much more helpless and incapable than they actually are!


You could start by offering them simple choices like " What colour T-shirt would you like to wear, the red or the blue one?"

"What drink would you like with your dinner milk or orange juice?"

Remember to only give a few choices with younger children, as it could take them longer to process the information at hand.


It likewise aids to support your children to socialise - they're not born sociable regarding taking other peoples point of view into any consideration different perspectives or even just sharing their playthings.

Present these ideas to them delicately and encourage them to share and to consider other peoples feelings. Get them to recognise when feelings are hurt, such as when others are not included in the game.  Encourage your child to truly consider what their friends would like to do and to try within reason to accommodate their request. Ask them how they would feel if they weren't included in the game.


Learning to 'give and take' is a lifelong lesson when your youngster is among close friends they enjoy and love to play with,  their self-confidence will improve. It's also a feel good factor making them comfortable in themselves and their setting within their peer group.


Ultimately there's no better method to boost a child's self-belief than to delight them with as much one-to-one time as possible, demonstrating plainly that their thoughts, feelings, and activities are important. When youngsters feel their mum and dad see them as an important individual, it actually aids to develop the self-belief that they are needed as a person, reinforcing the foundation for a sound and well-balanced adult.