Confidence is an important trait to have throughout your life. People who are confident are generally more trusted because, in most people’s minds, confidence means you know what you are doing. It is a good idea to teach your kids confidence while they are young so that it can come more naturally when they are older. Here are some points to help you boost your child’s confidence before they return to school.
Teach Them Self-Love
You must teach your kids to love themselves because the way you think of yourself determines your self-esteem. They need to appreciate how they look so that they feel confident. You may want to help them improve a small part of themself to help with their confidence. A commonly corrected physical feature is teeth. If their teeth are a bit crooked, you could invest in braces or Invisalign aligners. The difference between the two is that braces are stuck to your teeth until they are removed whereas people with Invisalign only need to wear their aligners for 22 hours a day (they can take them out for meals). Do a regular exercise where you look in the mirror with your child and let them tell them that they are beautiful. Tell them they are gorgeous. They will internalize it and start to feel the confidence that comes with healthy self-esteem.
Lead By Example
If you do not feel confident in yourself, how do you expect your child to? Children learn and observe most of their behaviors from their parents. If you are always on your phone, for instance, do not be surprised if your child develops this habit. Or if you tend to talk about how much weight you have gained and that you need to diet, your child may start to do the same and have lower self-esteem. You must talk positively about yourself as you would want your child to. Be a role model for all the positive traits you wish to see your child embody and they will follow in your footsteps to become more confident.
Work On Their Social Skills
Anyone can get nervous about their first day back at school. It may be helpful to have a chat or maybe do a little role play with your child about the different situations they may come across when they return to school. Teach them how to respond to anyone who might not be nice to them or what to say when they want to make a friend. Usually, a child has a vocabulary of 50 to 150 words by about 18 months. Your child should have a much larger vocabulary by the time they go to school, but this chat can still help give them the tools they need to succeed. Give them tips on how to handle certain common situations that can and will happen in school so that they feel confident around their peers.
Encourage Them to Diversify Their Skills
Most children have many things that they enjoy doing by the time they start school and are sure to develop more interests when they are in school. Gaining new skills helps them to learn that they can achieve anything they put their mind to, which in turn boosts their confidence. Before they return to school, introduce new activities at home for them to try. If they have never played a game you used to play or they are old enough to learn how to cook, teach them. Is there a sport they have never played? Play with them before school starts.
School is a great social environment for your children to continually practice being confident because they spend the majority of their day there. The student-teacher ratio of a small class is 12:1. If you can get your child placed in a smaller class like this, do so because they are less overwhelming. However, this small ratio is more common in private schools. It is no problem if your child is in bigger classes than that, it will just take a bit more effort.