Are you looking for ideas on how to build self-esteem and self-confidence in your kid?
Well, this building confidence in kids is challenging for most parents- you are not alone in this.
That is why this article seeks to help parents like you by suggesting 5 self-esteem building activities for kids.
The key to developing your little one’s self-esteem is encouraging them to embrace challenges.
It is about teaching them the art of learning from mistakes instead of admitting failure when they are unable to beat challenges – trying different approaches to problem-solving and not to give up.
Being ready to answer thought-provoking questions will also go a long way in boosting their confidence. Allowing them to try new things and make mistakes will boost their ability to overcome mistakes and accomplish tasks on their own.
1. “I am” Chart-Making
There must be something your kid loves about their self, an achievement they are proud of, or something they aspires to be when they grow up. Simultaneously, there are things that they might be embarrassed about in their life; things that could potentially harm their confidence.
Create an environment that allows them to freely talk about the shortfalls that they would love to improve on, and then try to assist them on overcoming those pitfalls.
Build from the things they are proud of.
Ask them to list down all the achievements they have had in their life, any positive attributes, and the careers they would love to pursue later in life. Encourage them to focus only on the positives and forget about the negative things people have said.
Use the words and phrases they listed to create an “I am” chart. You can even paste a picture of them in the center to make it more personal. This chart should be filled with positive words that the kid can relate to- that describe their self.
When the chart is ready, hang it on their bedroom wall to serve as a constant reminder that they are great; they have done great things before, and that they are destined for greatness.
This is a great way of encouraging mistakes so that you can use those mistakes to teach the kid the importance of attempting to take on new challenges.
When a kid starts to see mistakes as learning opportunities and not failures, they will be bolder to get out of their comfort zones and inspire change.
In this activity, invest in a little kitchen remodeling project to make the kitchen counter/table appropriate for your kid. Then, ask them to write down an ingredient list for making pancakes and specify the quantities needed for each ingredient.
It is okay to supervise the process just to be sure that nothing dangerous happens but be careful not to interfere. Remember that they are experimenting, and experiments do not have to be perfect.
Once the pancakes are done, taste it together and comment on the taste. The kid is likely to ask you what she could have done differently in order to make the pancakes taste better. Help them modify the recipe without being harsh or judgmental and then encourage them to try again.
3. Focus on the Outdoors
Go with the kid outside your home and take part in all sorts of outdoor activities.
Be their number one cheerleader when they play soccer with their peers.
Instead of playing inside, or playing video games, encourage them to accompany you in the next hiking, biking, or camping trip. You could always invest in an ebike kit to make cycling a newer and more entertaining experience.
Allow them to spend as much time as possible playing.
4. Community Service
Help your kid develop new skills and try new activities by discouraging laziness and encouraging them to be active in community programs.
If there is a function at the church and there is a suitable role for them, let them take it.
If there is a scouts group at their school, encourage them to join.
If you have organized a cleanup exercise in the neighborhood, go with them.
Anything that shows kids the importance of collaborating with other people for a common good will help them overcome the fear of being around other people.
5. Household Chores
This is pretty straightforward – showing kids that you trust them with household chores will give them the confidence to take on greater responsibilities.
Allow them to own a dog, for example, where they feed the dog, train, and walk the dog. That will help improve their opinion of their selves.
The key to developing your child’s self-esteem is constantly encouraging them to take on new challenges and teaching them the art of learning from their mistakes.
Remember to offer guidance without interfering too much in his/her actions or decisions, not unless they are in danger.