Whilst some children are brimming in confidence and self-esteem others can be much more self-conscious and reserved. Every parent wants their children to be happy and have the confidence to socialise and make friends with other children.
If you do have some ‘issues’ with your child’s confidence and would like to build on it, you may find the following tips useful on how to boost your child’s confidence.
Don’t push it
Avoid pushing your little one into doing things before she is ready as this will only make her feel more under pressure and alienated and can often exacerbate the situation. For example, don’t push your child into speaking to other children at her first day at nursery. Instead, stay with her as she plays with some toys and let other children approach her. Let your child go at her own pace.
Talk to your child
Talking to your child about why she may be feeling shy or awkward can be a good way to tackle childhood shyness. Explain to her that you can also feel shy in certain situations and that she is certainly not alone as even adults can feel shy! Also avoid labelling your child as being ‘shy’ as this will only make her more aware of her introverted feelings.
Teach social skills
Teaching your child social skills such as how to be polite and always saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ will boost your child’s confidence and leave your child in better stead to deal with social situations and how to behave ‘properly’ with others.
Expose your child to different social situations
Like with anything, the more we practise it the better we become. The same can be said about socialising. Starting at a young age, introduce your child to different people and different situations by taking her to play groups, group activities, or even just going to the park.
Model non-shy behaviour
As children have a tendency to copy their parents make an effort to be sociable yourself by regularly interacting with others, expressing yourself and making social contacts.