At Little Legends Learning Academy, we are committed to nurturing, loving and teaching your children Christ centered, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) educational experiences. Building self confidence in a toddler is an important step in their learning career. Children with high self-esteem feel loved and develop into happy, productive people. There are a few do’s and don’ts to follow when trying to build your child’s positive self-image.
Do spend one-on-one time with your child. Your children will benefit greatly from one-on-one activities spent with you. A great way to spend this time together could be on a nice bike ride, grabbing a bite to eat or ice cream, maybe mini golf or go to the park. All these activities are a great chance for you to have great conversations and giving you both a bond you can share.
Don’t call children names. Children’s feelings can be sensitive and difficult for them to understand. Belittling them or using sarcasm to make a point and/or being overly angry can confuse them. It is good to talk to the child about the actions you are not happy with rather than telling the child you do not like them.
Do remind your child that no one is perfect. It is good to explain to your child that everyone is different, and everyone makes mistakes. Disappointments will come and go but it is best to make sure you are calm, cool and collected when your child makes a mistake. This will help the child understand the best way to handle a situation in which they make a mistake.
Don’t do everything for her. It is good to step back and allow your child to do simple tasks on their own. Allowing your child to preform simple tasks on her own, will help him/her develop new tasks. Step back, be patient and watch your child develop skills and confidence that are important to obtain.
Do allow your child choices. By allowing your child reasonable choices, this will not only give him/her a sense of empowerment and confidence, but it will also prepare your child for more difficult choices that will come their way as they get older. Keep the choices simple, easy and reasonable to help them build some confidence.
Don’t over praise. Self-esteem comes from feeling loved and secure. Self-esteem also comes from developing competence–becoming good at tasks. When we over praise our children, we are lowering the bar for them and showing them that they no longer need to push themselves. Confidence comes from practicing over and over again, trying new things, failing and trying them again.
Do encourage them to pursue their interests. When a child finds a task that they show great interest in, encouraging them to follow through to completion, is an excellent way to boost their confidence. It is important for them to finish the task to completion, so they feel that accomplishment at the end.
Don’t compare. By comparing your child to someone else, positive or negative, this will teach them that their sense of self worth is based on how they compare to others. Children form their own identities, so it is important to teach them to track their own progress, accomplishments and achievements without comparing themselves with others.
Do tell them your love is unconditional. Telling your child that no matter what bad decisions or fails may happen that you will always love them. This will boost their confidence knowing that they are not only loved for doing well but are loved no matter what.
As children grow it is important to keep in mind ways to boost their self-confidence. By following these points above, you are sure to help guide your child into the confidence he or she needs to succeed.
If you are interested in Little Legends Learning Academy Christian pre-school for your three or four year old in Loganville, GA, give us a call at 678-580-3736.