Can We Help Our Kids Develop Self-Confidence?
If you could choose, would you want your kids to develop self-confidence or self-esteem? I used to think they were the same, but now I know differently. Many kids have self-esteem, but very few have self-confidence. Why? At some point, a parenting guru decided kids lacked self-esteem, and every child should succeed equally. But is that a message we want our children to believe? Maybe. Maybe not.
As a parent, grandparent, and educator, I can share my experience with you. I’ve discovered how a healthy sense of self-confidence equips kids for the future, while a healthy sense of self-esteem often turns into frustration, disillusionment, and entitlement.
One important element in helping kids develop self-confidence includes modeling a growth mindset. When our children watch us tackle difficult tasks, they will learn to do the same. Today’s podcast will share five hacks to help you develop self-confidence in your kids.
Mindset: the New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck.
I wish these books had been around when my kids were younger!
If you’re an educator, you’ll definitely want to read the Wong’s book, The First Days of School: How to be an Effective Teacher.
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