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  • Leigh "Dangerous Lee" Langston 9:11 am on September 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    How Parents Can Build Self Confidence In Their Children 


    As a parent, you want the very best for your children, and there is nothing more important than the way they feel about themselves and how they conduct themselves in life. Self confidence is said by many psychologists to be the foundation of the well being of a child.

    It is also very important for the development of the child, and it will lead to the level of success that the child achieves. Self confidence will determine the goals and ambitions that a child will choose and pursue.

    This article will cover a number of ways in which parents can help to build self confidence in their children.

    Be a positive influence

    The interaction between parents and their children is highly influential on the self confidence of the child. Showing interest in the activities of your child, and making encouraging comments will have a major impact on building self confidence. The impact on the self image of the child is very important, and positive influences will help immensely.

    Congratulate your child on success

    If your child completes a school assignment, wins a race at school or creates a painting, then it is a good time to congratulate him. This is an emotional reward for the work that has been completed, and it will give the child confidence that he/ she is worthy of praise.

    Be responsive

    Parents who are distant from their children are not able to build self confidence in them. This does not mean that you should spoil your children, but you should certainly respond to their sensible questions. This will demonstrate that rational answers can be found in the world, and that a sense of certainty is possible. This goes a long way to building self confidence in the power of their ability to judge and deal with the real world.

    Play with your children

    When you spend time with your children and join in with games, they build confidence in themselves. This will build a sense of connectedness, and it will help children to see that they deal with adults.

    Explain consequences

    The consequences for various actions should be explained to children so they are clear about the right and wrong course of action. This is a very important aspect of the world that children can deal with, and should not be prevented from understanding. When children realize that hard work and the right actions lead to praise, success and understanding of the world, they will build self confidence and self esteem. It is very important to start building self esteem at the earlier stage.

    However, it is also important that you explain why certain actions are wrong and are not tolerated. Giving children boundaries and standards to uphold make the context clear to them. It will teach them how to cope in the world as they grow up and they will learn how to deal with different situations, without taking anything personally.

    These methods of building self confidence in children are all very important. They will help to develop a child that you will be proud of.

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  • Leigh "Dangerous Lee" Langston 9:54 am on May 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Ethics, , Human, Morality, , Religion,   

    Is Leading By Example The Best Way To Teach Morals? 


    There are people who say that morals are not as good than they used to be. They feel that children are not as well behaved as they were in the past and that because people may not be so religious, they do not have such good moral guidelines. This may or may not be true, but it is worth making sure that your children do grow up with good morals. However, it can be difficult to know how to teach them these morals.

    • Lead by example
      A good way to demonstrate morals is to lead through example. You need to show how to behave well if you want your children to do the same. Children are very easily influenced by others. As they get older than their peers will also have an influence on them, but if they already have a good grounding, then they are more likely to remember them.
    • Give them formal teaching
      It may be worth actually giving them some formal teaching of morals, rather than just expecting them to follow your lead. If you explain to them what good and bad behaviour is and the way that you expect them to behave, then they will have clear ground rules. It can also benefit them if you explain to them why it is important to have good morals as well. They will then understand the reason for good behaviour.
    • Teach through religion
      Some families like to teach morals through religion. There are many religious stories and verses which have good moral messages and reasons for good behaviour. If you are a religious family, then this can be a good way to go about things. It is not necessary though as you can still have morals even if you are not religious. Just because you do not follow a particular faith, it does not mean that you cannot have a set of moral guidelines that you stick to.
    • Set Family morals
      It is important that all of the family agree on their morals. Then they will all be able to stick to them and discipline where necessary to make sure that they are being stuck to. It is good to discuss them and maybe even have a set of expected behaviors based on the morals so that everyone is certain how to behave. This means that adults in the family will know what to do so that they can set a good example to the children.
      So there are a lot of things that you can do to teach your children morals. If you do not lead by example then they will have no good behavior to copy. Just because you behave well, it does not mean that they will, but if they have no good behavior to copy, then they will have no idea what to do. It can be good to talk to them about morals and set household rules based on the family’s morals so that you all understand what behavior is acceptable and what is not.

    Author Bio
    This article has been written by Ella Nichols – Church Volunteer at Mercy Church San Luis Obispo.

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