CONFIDENCE IS NOT A PERSONALITY
TRAIT. IT IS A LEARNED SKILL.
Nobody is born with confidence. Please don’t mistake “stubbornness ” with “confidence” . You as a parent have to sow that seed. I will share an experience. We went to the mall to shop for some school supplies. It was time to pay , so we lined up waiting for our turn to go to the cash register. The lineup was so long that it was blocking the entrance to the other side of the store.
My 4yr old daughter found something she liked on the other side of the store. She told me, and I asked her to go get it. A lady and her two daughters were blocking the way while standing in the line up, my daughter asked to be excused. The lady looked at my daughter and turned away . She totally ignored a 4 yr old. My daughter came back to me looking sad. I looked straight
in her eyes and told her to go back and try again. This time, I said to grab the lady’s attention by speaking up a little louder without sounding rude (we can’t go about touching strangers, So We Have To Teach The Kids Strong Verbal command) . I was so impressed to see her running back with so much boldness to go talk to the lady. This time, the lady had no choice, than to listen to my daughter’s excuse because my baby actually did have the right of way and she spoke up. I was so proud of her for speaking up.
It would have been easier to just ignore and let her cry the sadness away, or I handle it for her. But i chose to let her handle it herself.
What I’m trying to say here is that, it’s our responsibility as parents, to teach our kids confidence and positive confrontations without being scared or aggressive. Aggression and fear can be learned as well. Little situations like this shapes who they grow up to become. Children need confidence , you have to groom them and be their role model. They absorb everything you do.
How confident is your child? It’s never too late to start! It starts with you.
Parenting is never an easy job. Let’s continue to learn ways to raise great men and women for the future. It all starts with building their #confidence .
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