How to build children's Confidence

January 13, 2016

 

Today I’m writing about Confidence which was the 1st C of “The 12 Cs” I created. I believe confidence is the foundation to a happy and fulfilled life and it is a critical life lesson to teach our children and live ourselves.  Most of us struggle with confidence and I certainly have struggled with it.  However, my confidence has greatly improved since I became more aware through researching it for my book, The Adventures of Ooga and Zeeta, and Life Skills for Kids Workshop.  I believe it is possible for anyone to improve their confidence.  

 

Two simple ways to increase your confidence:

  • Positively talk to yourself

  • Try difficult (yet safe) things and build upon the successes of those difficult things

 

My last blog was about being courageous and I told the story of my daughter who was terrified to jump off the low diving board, but she was able to push through her fears and jump anyway.

 

Fast forward a few weeks and we’re at the pool and she tells me she is going to jump off the high dive.  I honestly didn’t think she would do it because she had just jumped off the low dive and I knew how hard that was for her.  She started walking toward the diving board so I jumped up to get my cell phone so I could video tape it in case she surprised me and jumped. She waited her turn at the bottom of the high diving board with a hopeful look.  It seemed like it took forever which I was concerned would ice her out.  It was her turn and she nervously climbed the ladder, walked to the end, looked at me and within a few seconds she jumped!  I was in shock and so excited for her that she pushed through her fear again and jumped. Her smile when she came to the surface was pure joy.  I gave her a giant hug and had to hold back the happy tears.

 

Here is a video of my daughter jumping off the high diving board after she built her confidence. 

 

 

 

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