This Month’s Parenting Class: Helping Your Child Be More Confident
It’s so incredible to watch our kids mature and grow through the years. There are parenting moments when you see your kids mature right in front of your eyes and it always surprises us in a good way! In those moments, we are reminded that our time with them is short. I know that’s a hard thought to think about but this month we want to help you capture the time you have and be more strategic than ever. This month we want to talk about how to help your kids become more confident.
Confidence is one of those things that most kids need help with. Now your child may be outgoing and courageous but there will come a time when you see them lack confidence. Any moment your child faces where they must step into the unknown can bring out debilitating fear in them. We know the feeling even as adults. We have to start a new job. We move to a new church. We have a meeting with a large group of people we don’t know. We often feel insecure and we are adults. Now imagine how your child feels when they start a school year, sport, or face a family move to a new city. What can we do to help them be more confident when facing the unknown?
Confidence is something we see God reveal in the Bible often. We read stories about people in days past that confidently trusted God to deliver them. That kind of confidence is available to us and our kids even today. In Psalm 57:7 we read about confidence…
“My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!”
When we embrace confidence in God we can sing His praise through any challenge. This is the kind of confidence we want to breathe into our children. We don’t want them to trust their own ability but rather the strength of God. God can be trusted, therefore our kids have a reason to be confident.
Here are a few simple ways we can inspire more confidence in our kids…
- Don’t dismiss fear, confront it. When your child is insecure never dismiss it as silly. Allow your kid to open up and learn how to share how they feel. When you listen, you get the chance to help them really identify what is driving the fear!
- Teach kids to pray for confidence. It’s up to us to help our kids understand that when they are insecure they can turn to God. This is when faith becomes real. God actually cares about our lives and kids need to know they can turn to God.
- Allow kids to experience risk. We all want to protect our kids but there are times we have to allow them to face risk so they can develop more confidence. Allow them to go into a new class and make new friends. Allow them to deal with the unknown. The right amounts of risk lead to conversations and lessons learned.
- Celebrate courage. Point out when your kid has done something courageous and celebrate that step. It’s so important that we as parents speak confidence into their tiny hearts. They need to know how proud we are of them even if it was just a small step of confidence.
We hope this helps give you a place to start when it comes to your child and
confidence. Thanks for allowing us to invest in your family.
- Parenting Class 1: What Do I Do When My Child Is Getting Bullied?
- Parenting Class 2: What Do I Do When My Child Always Wants More?
- Parenting Class 3: What Do I Do When My Child Is Struggling at School?
- Parenting Class 4: How Do I Help My Child When They Are Trapped by Fear?
- Parenting Class 5: My Child and Technology in the Home
- Parenting Class 6: Teaching Our Kids Honor Through Discipline
- Parenting Class 7: Time Management for Your Family
- Parenting Class 8: Helping Your Child Be a Real Friend
- Parenting Class 9: Helping Your Child Embrace Gratefulness
- Parenting Class 10: How Do I Teach My Child To Be Respectful?
- Parenting Class 11: Taming Our Kids Emotional Meltdowns
- Parenting Class 12: Creating an Empathetic Child
- Parenting Class 13: How to Get Your Child to Do More Than Play Wii/Cultivating Good Work Habits
- Parenting Class 14: Encouragement vs. Perfectionism
- Parenting Class 15: Helping Kids Process Evil
- Parenting Class 16: Keeping Our Children Safe Online
- Parenting Class 17: How to Handle Bed Time without a Fight
- Parenting Class 18: Allowing Your Kid to Struggle
- Parenting Class 19: Dealing with a Rebellious Child
- Parenting Class 20: Fun Ways to Study Scripture with Your Child
- Parenting Class 21: How to Have a Scream Free Home
- Parenting Class 22: How to Speak “Kid Language”
- Parenting Class 23: Overcoming Failures
- Parenting Class 24: Preparing for Puberty
- Parenting Class 25: Helping Your Child Know When and If to Quit
- Parenting Class 26: Establishing Healthy Gaming Boundaries
- Parenting Class 27: What If You Don’t Like Your Child’s Friend
- Parenting Class 28: Scriptures You Can Pray for Your Kids
- Parenting Class 29: Teaching Your Kids About Mercy
- Parenting Class 30: When Family Devotions Go Wrong
- Parenting Class 31: 4 Personal God Things to Share with Your Child
- Parenting Class 32: The Importance of a Childhood Inventory
- Parenting Class 33: How to Fight Fair
- Parenting Class 34: A Third Party
- Parenting Class 35: How to Infuse God into Everyday Life
- Parenting Class 36: Helping Around the House
- Parenting Class 37: Manners, Politeness, and Respect
- Parenting Class 38: Conversations Through TV and Movies
- Parenting Class 39: Money Management and Allowance
- Parenting Class 40: Developing Good Study Habits
- Parenting Class 41: Handling Anger, Frustration, and Arguments
- Parenting Class 42: Shame Versus Guilt
- Parenting Class 43: Discipline Versus Punishment
- Parenting Class 44: Do I Parent Using Shame
- Parenting Class 45: Parenting Yourself
- Parenting Class 46: Combating Shame
- Parenting Class 47: The Power of Empathy
- Parenting Class 48: No Perfect Parent
- Parenting Class 49: Disrespectful Speech and Attitudes
- Parenting Class 50: The Potential of Saying “No”
- Parenting Class 51: Moms and Sons
- Parenting Class 52: Dads and Daughters
- Parenting Class 53: Parenting from a United Front
- Parenting Class 54: Embracing the Power of a Schedule
- Parenting Class 55: Cyberbullying