#1. You can do this.
Oftentimes, it takes several times for children to be able to accomplish something. When they are not succeeding and they need a little boost, tell them this!
#2. You are doing an awesome job.
Instead of just saying “good job” tell your kid that they are doing an awesome job. Whether they are sweeping the floor or coloring, let them know they rock at it.
#3. I loved reading you a story the other night.
Our children LOVE being by us and doing things with us. When we acknowledge that in them, it builds confidence within them.
#4. Let’s have dinner together, just you and me.
You don’t have to be rich to enjoy a dinner with your child. Spend one on one time with your child and let them know you’re there for them.
#5. I love you.
We get so caught up in the day that we often forget to tell our children we love them. Don’t miss an opportunity to build up your child’s confidence by telling them you love them.
#6. Ask them about their day.
Be prepared to ask about your child’s day. And when they tell you about it, be prepared to listen. Nothing builds your child’s confidence more than knowing they have someone to listen to them.
#7. Would you like to play for a while?
How cool would it be if every parent put down their smartphones and actually played with their children for a while? You know—play ball, rode bikes together, even play video games together. Children need to feel like they are the only thing that matter, even if it’s only for a short period of time.
#8. I think that shirt looks awesome on you.
Some kids want to pick out their own clothing. While we my think it looks weird, they think it looks awesome. Build up their confidence by telling them that their clothing choices are nothing short of awesome!
Children need confidence to grow up and be successful. The world will beat them down enough, it’s our jobs as parents to build them up as much as possible!