Unfortunately, confidence doesn’t always come easily and children are particularly vulnerable to the negative forces that creep in to steal it away. Self-confidence is a child’s ability to perform a task, putting trust in their knowledge, skills, past experiences and accomplishments.   A child may feel less confident in some tasks over others, yet this can be improved though practice and experience. Self-esteem is how a child thinks and feels about themselves; their sense of worth and value, regardless of their level of success or achievement.
Self-efficacy is the belief a child has in their own ability to learn what is required in order to achieve their goals.
It is important to be aware of these as separate concepts and remember that a child’s self-esteem should not be defined by their ability to perform a task. With high self-esteem, our children are more likely to persist in the face of difficulties and respond to challenges and opportunities more resourcefully and appropriately. Self-confidence and self-esteem stem from childhood and can rise and fall over the course of a lifetime.

Our parental habits, whether positive or negative can also influence the development of self-esteem and self-confidence in our children. As our children grow and experience different situations and challenges, they develop beliefs and values about what is possible and what is not. Develop a lasting sense of independence and self-sufficiency so they can really start achieving.
With self-esteem and self-confidence in place, children can truly explore their potential; opening up to learning and to developing. An old adage says “effective parenting consists of first giving a child the roots to grow and then the wings to fly; the security of a firm base and the confidence to leave it”. One of many methods we will touch on in future articles that can assist in building your child’s self-esteem and confidence is goal setting. If  a child has low self-esteem it is unlikely they are going to be in the right mindset to confidently engage well in anything that creates opportunities and possibilities for them.

It makes them live better by being able to respond to challenges and opportunities more resourcefully and appropriately. But it does mean they will be less effective and less creative than they have the power to be. As a parent you need to create a climate that supports and strengthens the practices of self-esteem and help your child to learn self-esteem supporting behaviours and to resist everything that would otherwise stand in their way.
Exposure to goals using a methodical and achievable step by step approach will set your child up for a success. Unfortunately, making unrealistic comparisons to others can leave them feeling inadequate and lacking in confidence.

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