People aren't born with self-confidence, it has to be nurtured just like every other executive function. These hacks will help you nurture your kid's self-confidence. #nurturevsnature #selfconfidence #selfesteem #growthmindset #parenting #grandparenting #selfcarehacks #positivemindset #development
People aren’t born with self-confidence, it has to be nurtured just like every other executive function. These hacks will help you nurture your kid’s self-confidence./

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.

Show Notes

Mindset: the New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck.

I wish these books had been around when my kids were younger!

Growth Mindset Activities for Kids: 55 Exercises to Embrace Learning and Overcome Challenges Ages 6-9 by Ester Pia Cordova

Growth Mindset Activities for Kids: 55 Exercises to Embrace Learning and Overcome Challenges Ages 8-12 by Ester Pia Cordova

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.

Dream Big: Know What You Want, Why You Want it, and What You’re Going to Do About it by Bob Goff.

People aren't born with self-confidence, it has to be nurtured just like every other executive function. These hacks will help you nurture your kid's self-confidence. #nurturevsnature #selfconfidence #selfesteem #growthmindset #parenting #grandparenting #selfcarehacks #positivemindset #development

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6 Comments

  1. What a good explanation! You are so right – self-confidence comes out of the tangible results of real action – completing real tasks! Thanks for the book list – I would have valued these suggestions when my kiddos were little – and I think they would be valuable with my grandchildren!!!
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  2. Anita, this was so good! I especially appreciated “remember the power of not yet”. So very true! Not everything is grasped at the same speed. Thank you for sharing these insights!

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Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda juggles writing with teaching high school English and history. When she's not lurking in odd places looking for rare birds, you can find her camping with her kids, adventuring with her husband or mountain biking with her students.

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