How do you know if your child is self-confidence?
Why is it important for your child to be confident?
Should the development of a child’s confidence be included in the curriculum?
What confidence looks like
There diferent levels of confidence but the general characteristics of a confident child involves:
– A belief in their own ability to do things
– A sense of self-worth
– A responsibility for own actions and their consequences
– Optimism about life
A healthy balance of confidence helps create success
Without confidence in themselves, children feel unworthy of achieving plans, dreams and hopes. They give up on themselves before trying. Grades suffer, and some eventually drop out of school altogether.
In later life, the same students who lack confidence are afraid of taking risks, and they do no open themselves up to new opportunities. It does not have to be this way.
But an over-confident child will overestimate his skills or expectations, and this can be just as detrimental.
There needs to be a fine line maintaining the right balance
We can help children develop a healthy sense of self-confidence by helping them set realistic goals. With a proper plan of execution and follow-through, they stand a higher chance of succeeding and success feeds confidence.
And greater confidence leads to more success.
So why is confidence important?
Studies have shown that those who were ranked higher academically at an early age went on to do better in school as they got older.
That’s because their first experiences of academic success helped them be more confident in their own abilities, which in turn left a bigger impact on how they performed.
Students who are comfortable in their own skin tend to have the abilities to:
– Pay more attention in class
– Tap into early wins for greater progress in later part of life
– Challenge themselves and reach new achievements
– Be able to bounce back from rejection
– Solve problem faster
The impact is seen not just in academic results but in the social aspect of the students’ lives. Confident students are more outgoing and find it easier to make new friends.
A lack of confidence affects more than academics
A lack of confidence can be a barrier to learning. The low self-esteem slowly develops into a way of life, and it affects the way the children see themselves, make decisions and behave socially.
Do you know if your child has a healthy self-esteem?
Check to see if he exhibits the following:
– Unwilling to ask questions despite struggling to understand a concept or situation
– Decreasing desire to learn
– Diminishing ability to focus
– Unwilling to go past their comfort zone
Why is this so?
Because the students who don’t believe in themselves and, therefore, they won’t put in the effort to attempt or complete the tasks.
It’s a battle of the mind.
Can teachers help create confidence in children?
While it is true that some children are just naturally more confident than others, confidence can be developed.
That is why at Scholar Base, the curriculum is designed to bring out the best in the children and to nurture the confidence of the children.
We take great interest in the students and their self-esteem. The early school years especially are a critical period to which a child’s foundation for confidence is built.