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the face of adversity will instill the same attitude in their children.
Give praise when it’s deserved.

Tried-and-true
ways
to raise a
confident kid

Praise children when they do their best, but avoid praising kids
when they don’t try their hardest or if they are still working
toward solving a problem they haven’t yet figured out. In lieu of
praise, provide encouragement and urge youngsters to try again
and practice.
Value their ideas.

Ask children for age-appropriate advice, suggests the growth
mindset company Big Life Journal. Showing kids their ideas are
worthy can instill confidence.
Skip the rescue operation.

Parents often are quick to swoop in and try to prevent kids
from feeling hurt or discouraged. However, according to Robert
Brooks, PhD, who coauthored the book “Raising Resilient
Children,” it’s alright for kids to fail and feel sad or angry.
Success is learned by overcoming obstacles rather than having all
obstacles removed.
Above all, children who are loved and supported can develop
confidence through the years with some well-placed guidance.

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hildren raised to be confident have the tools to be resilient in a
challenging world. Confidence helps children handle peer pressure,
stress, obstacles, and much more.
There’s a fine line between developing confidence and raising kids who are
overly boastful. Parents, teachers and other influential figures can employ
various research-based strategies to start boosting kids’ confidence.

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Allow children to make mistakes and learn from them.

Mistakes happen, and children benefit from making mistakes and
learning from them. Children who fail, pick themselves up and try again
are learning lessons of resiliency. Their confidence develops as they pick
themselves up again, learn from their mistake and ultimately meet with
success.
Resist the temptation to “fix” everything.

Parents may get hung up on trying to improve on their children’s efforts
to make it perfect. This may occur with school work. According to the
mental health wellness resource Psychology Today, constant intervention
undermines children’s confidence and prevents them from learning for
themselves.
Model and teach positivity.

It can be easy to fall into a pattern of saying things like, “I’ll never be able
to do that” or “It’s too difficult.” But parents must remember that their
children take their cues from mom and dad. Parents who stay positive in

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