Partner Post: How to Raise Confident and Responsible Kids

We all want our kids to grow up independent, confident, and successful. However, it is hard to manage teenage tantrums and encourage small kids to do more than what is expected of them. If you would like your kids to be successful and take responsibility for their actions, it is up to you to teach them the skills to cope with challenges and stay motivated. Below you will find a few tips on how to make the most out of the time you have control over your kids’ lives and thinking.

Help Them Find Their Talent

As a parent, you see your child as the best at everything. You will tell your friends and family members how amazing they are, but it is time to take a step back and look at them in a realistic way. You might want them to be a football star, but they simply don’t have the stamina or the interest. Instead of forcing them to do things you think will do good for them, you can help them find their own interest and personal mission. Let them try different sports and activities, such as ballet clasico and rugby and let them choose their own path.

Praise and Encourage

You should never criticize your kids harshly, and always praise them for their achievements, no matter how small and insignificant they are. Encourage them to go on and improve even more. If you have a talented crafts person in the family, plan designs and projects together and encourage them to try new things. Even if they don’t want to go to art class, they might be happy to experiment with new materials and colors at home.

Do Sports Together

If you would like to prevent depression and other mental health issues, it is important that you start doing activities and sports with your children from the age they can walk. You can introduce your child to some sports from an early age, and they will feel supported and natural in the gym or team environment. No matter if you are just going for walks every couple of weeks or take a bike ride together every day, you can make them develop healthy habits that will stick with them for life.

Raise the Artist Within

Every child needs to release their creativity, and you will have to support the artist inside. No matter if they love turning old clothes into new creations and are determined that they will become artists, or simply decorate their room all the time, it is crucial that you don’t stop them. If the paint and the mess is getting too much, you can set up a craft room or enroll them in an art class for kids where they can learn new skills.

Let Them Understand Their Limitations

Raising perfectionist kids has plenty of negative aspects. It is better if you help your kids understand their limitations instead of getting stressed out over not being able to compete with others. Find an area where they can shine; every child has a special talent, and it is up to the parent to discover it. There is no point encouraging your child to be a professional gymnast if they are likely to be over 6 foot; they will simply not fit the requirements.

Practice Communication

If you would like your kids to become more confident, it is important that you practice communication and allow them to express their views, thoughts, ideas, and emotions. While it is easy to let them entertain themselves watching TV, playing games, or using social media, these activities will not allow them to grow as a communicator. Ask them to write real letters to grandparents and talk to strangers whenever they meet to practice how to communicate with people from all walks of life.

Expose Them to Social Situations

The  last comment parents want to hear being whispered behind their back is that their kids have no manners. It is crucial that you don’t exclude your child from social and grown-up events, and teach them when and how to speak to people. Whether you are volunteering at the local church or are attending a business meeting, you can take your child with you to understand how society really works and why people say what they say in different situations.

Don’t Talk Them Down

Many parents make a mistake talking down at their kids and patronizing them, You need to remember that your child is young, but understands much more than you think. Instead of saying “just because I told you”, try to come up with examples and find a way to communicate with your kids in an effective way, explaining the situation instead of expressing your authority over them.

Feed Their Curiosity

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Kids are naturally curious about the world, and they will experiment with things. Unless it is dangerous, show your support and stand by them. Never leave a “why” question unanswered. If they are interested in a particular topic you don’t know much about, you can find documentaries to watch together, so you can learn about their interest while feeding their curiosity. Ask your friends to talk to them about topics they are more familiar with, so you can support your child’s exploration of the world.

Encourage Goal Setting

To succeed in life, you will need to have clear and smart goals. From an early age, try to encourage your child to set their own challenges and goals to take responsibility for their actions. Instead of telling them what grade you expect them to get at the end of the school year, ask them what they would like to work towards. They will be more motivated to work on projects they set for themselves.

Kids need both space and support to grow into independent, confident, and happy adults. As a parent, it is your job to keep them safe and allow them to learn as much about the world as possible.

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