Confidence is a feeling of emotional security that results from faith in oneself. It is a firm belief in one’s powers, abilities, or capacities. It is an important attitude for children to learn in order to have a positive perception of themselves. Building confidence allows children to make decisions and choices. Each of us builds confidence from the experiences we encounter and how we manage these experiences. It is also influenced by the reactions of those around us.
Criticism and blame diminish confidence. Verbal and physical abuse damage children’s feelings of emotional security and faith in themselves. Children are self-centered, which may cause them to blame themselves for things they actually play no role in, such as a divorce or death of a loved one.
As a parent, you play a major role in developing your child’s confidence. Confidence develops over time but should be taught early. If you encourage children’s problem solving and applaud their efforts, not just their successes, you promote confidence.