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Do you wish your kids would miraculously be confident and walk around with their head held high or just try new things.
Sometimes kids don’t do their homework, take up new hobby or just want to try something different because they lack confidence and are afraid to fail. They’re afraid they won’t be able to do it, so they avoid it altogether. Some well-directed praise can make a huge difference. Try these suggestions:
- Be Positive. You might say, “I know trying new things can be hard. But I know you – and you can do it! If they are having a problem with homework you might suggest helping them get started and saying let’s look at this together and see if we can figure the problem out.
- Be consistent. Whenever you see your child working hard or trying hard, reward him with praise. Remember to praise the effort as well as success.
- Be specific. For example “ You didn’t give up on that problem. Good for you!” Reinforce your praise with a hug, a smile, or pat on the back.
And sometimes, let your child overhear you tell someone, “Steven did his homework today without any reminders. He studied for an hour. I am so proud of him!” “Gabriella started basketball, she is practices really hard, I am so happy she works hard!”
Just like adults like to be given a quick pep talk or a compliment so do kids, give them away, constantly they are free!