Building self-esteem and confidence through genuine affirmations is essential for a child’s personal growth. It is basic human nature to thrive on approval and verbal support from those around you. Children turn to the adults closest to them, including parents, coaches, and teachers, for support. It is a no-brainer that positively affirming children on a regular basis is necessary to build confidence. However, not just any affirmation will do the trick. The challenge is to authentically affirm children.
Children can read through empty, generic compliments, just like adults. Give them more credit! Instead, support children on things that matter and are particular to their talents and character. Specific affirmations heighten the value that children give your opinion of their success. Believing in your desire for their success allows them to envision success for themselves.
Heightened self-confidence and self-esteem inevitably impacts a child’s interaction with their peers, how they treat their bodies, and the goals they will pursue. Maximize your child’s self-confidence and self-esteem by motivating them toward greatness!
- Be a role model. Act as a model for your child by living your life with self-respect and confidence.
- Celebrate your child. Compliment your child when they least expect it, to reinforce that their actions don’t go unnoticed.
- Be specific. Avoid being ambiguous with your affirmations; note a particular behavior/quality, as opposed to making generic statements about their character.