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Growing your kid's confidence

Growing your child’s confidence  

Everyone wants their child to be confident in themself. As a parent or teacher cultivating confidence is key to having a healthy and happy child. With children it’s important to teach them that they can attain their goals if they keep trying and to never quit something that you’re passionate about. The best way to keep your child’s confidence up high is through being realistic with your child. You want to make sure that the things you encourage are attainable goals for them. This way when they hit the mark you can celebrate their success and help them to see they are capable of great things. Always support your child in everything they do and take pride in the little successes as well as the big ones. Notice their efforts in everything they do and teach them resilience when they mess up. If you’re a parent, find a way to praise your child each and everyday, find something new that they do really well and let them know you’re proud of them. If you’re a teacher make sure each student gets a praise of some sort every class. If you offer a correction be sure to tell them something they do well too! The best way to get a child to grow in learn is when they’re motivated. A confident child, is one who is ready to grow and learn more!

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Notice their efforts and not their successes.

Even if they don’t nail their double pirouette, notice that they’re trying and working at it. Praise their efforts and they will keep working rather than giving up.

Demonstrate Confidence.

As a teacher or parent, be sure to talk about confidence with your child.    This could be done in a multitude of ways, tell them about a time you struggled and overcame, talk positive about yourself and your child, role model confidence and courage.

Encourage positive self-talk.

Never allow a child to say that they can’t do something. If they’re struggling, tell encourage them to ask for help or continue to work at it rather then saying they can’t do it. Don’t allow them to talk negatively about themselves or their abilities, point out the good rather than focusing on the bad.

Games and Activities to Help Build Confidence in Your ChilD

 These are great ways to instill high self-esteem with your child everyday!

Achievement List

Give your child time to list out all of their achievements from the past year and read them outloud together. Celebrate the big and small achievements that your child has made. You can make this even more fun by finding photos from each event and making a collage to hang in their room.


Have your child recite the alphabet in their head and say stop them midway. Whatever letter they are on they need to say come up with as many positive words about themselves that start with that letter in one minute. Challenge them to come up with as many as possible!


Put on music of different styles and tempos and encourage your child to make up their own steps to the music.

Talent Show

Host a talent show where every child gets to create their own act based off the talent they’re most proud of. Have students encourage and cheer each other on.


Allow your student to pack their own dance bag or pick out their outfit for class. Find ways to help make them more independent and praise their accomplishment.


Have children stand in a circle and throw a beach ball around. When they throw it to the next person they give the person a compliment. You can write compliments on the ball to help give ideas but encourage them to be creative in their compliments.

Unique Differences

Have children sit in a circle and give them each 10 pieces of candy. They each get to go around and say something unique that they can do. If they you can’t do the thing they said throw a piece of candy in the middle. If you can do that thing do nothing. Go around and see how much candy can be thrown in the middle to help look at uniqueness of each person in the circle.


Have your child make a list of goals for the year and put them onto a board. Each time they accomplish a goal they can take it off the board. Try to have it empty by the end of the year