Low self-esteem is often the first symptom we notice in children struggling with learning. Contributory to this is the treatment and name-calling they get from peers in school and even teachers and adults around them. Sadly, such children are often labelled and overlooked.
When children lose confidence, they often stop trying because of fear of failing even more.
These 3 tips can help children build confidence.
Provide positive reinforcement and foster a growth mindset.
Encourage children by acknowledging and rewarding their efforts and achievements, no matter how small they may seem. This will motivate them to continue to strive to do well. Focus on their efforts and progress, rather than just their outcomes, as it will help them see mistakes as opportunities for learning and growth, rather than as personal failures. Remember the goal is for them to keep trying and not to give up as soon as they meet challenges.
Create a supportive and positive environment where children feel safe and respected.
Establish a consistent daily routine at home, which helps children feel more secure and in control. It also teaches them organization, helping them reduce stress and improve focus.
Encourage open communication so that they feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings with you. Do not trivialize their feelings, what you may see as trivial may be a big deal to a child. Building trust with children makes it easier for them to thrive in school and beyond.
At school, children should be encouraged to actively participate in class and ask questions to help them build confidence and improve their understanding of the material. Encouraging them to collaborate and work together with other children on projects and assignments can help them develop social skills and boost their confidence around other children.
Encouraging children to express themselves creatively, whether through art, music, or other means, can help them explore their interests, discover other capabilities they possess and boost their confidence. Incorporating fun activities and games into their learning can help them stay engaged and motivated, improve their memory and retention of information, and make them feel good about themselves!