How Can I Raise A Confident Child?

 

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Undeniably, mothers want to raise children who are confident, assertive, strong, and compassionate. That is why we read books on how to help our kids be that person growing up, so they can rise above their problems and face the meanest person with a kindness that kills (as they say).

To make life easier for you, we have gathered some simple strategies and placed them here in one article. These are tips from child counselors and mothers themselves who have successfully helped their children survive and thrive.

Tips To Help Raise A Confident Child

  1. Encourage him to set realistic goals or goals that he can reasonably achieve. When your kid has just been accepted to the football team, it’s perfectly okay for him to dream of eventually playing in the Olympics. However, if he doesn’t make it to the high school varsity team and yet he still thinks he’s going to be a star player in the Olympics, then you need to help him focus on more realistic targets for himself. Guide him into creating short-term goals that he can fulfill in a year or two. Achieving these short-term goals will boost his self-esteem and enable him to be accepting of his strengths and weaknesses.
  2. Show your child you love him. Sometimes, when we are so caught up with work and other adult activities, we tend to forget that our kids don’t only need to hear how much we love them, but that they need us to show it to them. Apart from his favorite dog or toy, love is the most precious gift you can give him. You may shout at him for something he’s done wrong, but always remember to give him a hug and explain to him why he was reprimanded. That is unconditional love, and it strengthens the foundation for self-esteem in your child.

 

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  1. Be a model of positivity and self-love. The easiest way that a child learns how to love himself is by modeling it yourself. When your boss calls and tells you that you got them a big client, you tell your kid you did a great job at work. Even in the home, if you successfully cooked the pasta perfectly, smile and let him know how proud you are for it. This way, when he does something good in school, he’ll learn to tell you about it, consequently building his confidence along the way. Let him feel the joy of celebrating each of your successes, no matter how small.
  2. Encourage him to join sports. Your child will experience his first victory and failure in the sport that he will focus on. Getting into sports is a great way to practice focus, strength of mind and body, and undeniably improve self-confidence. When he is seasoned in the sport he is in, then you know that at his age, he will be able to handle defeat and think of it as another opportunity to do better.
  3. Teach him to be resilient. Success doesn’t always happen at every turn. There will be pain, sadness, and frustrations. Instill in your child a versatile character that is able to say, “I’ll get through this. I’ll just try again.” Help them get over their frustrations by reassuring them that these are only normal and there is nothing he can’t handle. Perhaps you can sit with your child and talk about steps on how to do better, for instance, in an exam, or in a sport. This will improve his resilience and self-esteem.

Takeaway

 

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It is important to remember that as parents, it is not your obligation to fix what has been broken in your child, but you have a role in arming him with the necessary qualities such as assertiveness, kindness, empathy, compassion and, of course, the self-esteem to face life’s challenges with grace and gratitude.

 

 

Parenting Style In Every Stage Of Your Child’s Life (Managing Parenting Stress)

Your parenting style plays a significant factor in your child’s school performance, whether in elementary, high school, or college.  Proper parenting style in every stage of his life can help him do well (and may even become an achiever), both in academics and whatever career path he will choose in the future.

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Help Your Child Become The Amazing Person He Is Destined To Be

Parents are always excited about their kids’ milestones.  The moment they first took their first step inside school premises, they started to think about college.  What course will they choose, what career path they should take, and sometimes they worry if they can still afford to send them to college.

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Reasons Why High School Career Counseling Steers The Kids Off Course

“Our life is in high school.”

It is a message delivered by the late renowned author, Kurt Vonnegut which leads us to several moments and points of realization.

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The norm for High School Seniors is to choose their courses in college with a career path leading them to employment.  Continue reading →

Why Career Counseling Is Important In Schools

What Is Career Counseling?

Career Counseling is a method of counseling that will assist you to distinguish and recognize yourself and the career world you want to pursue. It will aid you in choosing your professional path which also involves educational, and significant life choices.

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Career Development

Career development, on the other hand, is beyond choosing which course in the university you want to take up and what type of career you will be doing in the future. It is a lifetime process, which means that in your life with all the changes and while your situation will vary from one moment to another, you will still have to select career and life choices continually. The objective of Career Counseling is to not only aid you in making the decisions that you need to decide on now, but to provide you the information and the abilities required to make future career and life decisions.

Career Counseling In Schools – Changing Careers

Just recently, Career Counseling in schools finally got the recognition it deserves.  Earlier on, people sought for the services of career counselors during a time when they were unhappy with their jobs.  Today, people recognize situations like this is not ideally successful.  What is important to understand is why people consider a change in their careers.

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Usually, picking a career comes after the selection a college course.  When a student does not select the right course, it could rightfully affect their career.  A study shows that 1 in every three students are disappointed with their chosen path in college.  This represents 500,000 unsatisfied students in the university.  Figures are pointing to an evident truth- the importance and necessity of career guidance in schools, colleges, and universities.

Finding The Right Career Path

Finding the right career, a student needs to understand the background of the course and if his or her capabilities match the interests.  A student taking up Architecture in College thinks he can be very good at math and drawing structure won’t be difficult after all.  As reality sinks in, there is more to Architecture with the student leaning towards a decision of shifting to another career after the first year.

Role Of The Career Counselor

First, a well-established career counselor will explain the scenario that tackles the pros and cons of pursuing both the student’s interest and help them understand the situation to be able to make the right decision.  It is crucial to know that students are at risk of soliciting advice from new sources.

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Students tend to seek advice from people who can be someone of experience.   They look around and follow the journey of students who came ahead of them not knowing that they too have gone through obstacles during the whole process.  To lessen these scenarios of failure, career counselors must be available all the time especially at school for students to receive the correct and latest advice.

Although CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) has required schools to have counselors, there has to be a probe to be made to identify the kind of counselors needed.  Many of the counselors around are life skill counselors, whereas the college counselors are very low in number compared to them.  These college counselors are required more for them to be successful.  To be able to back this claim, recent statistics show 92% of students do not get career-related guidance from their schools.

It Will All Boil Down To Decisions

Decisions made during High School often make or break the future of a student’s career.  Career counselors are well-trained to analyze the potential of each student.  With this potential, the counselor can identify the right career for him/her and guide them in the realization of their future.

The goal of these students is to be successful in life, and they don’t mind seeking advice. The counselors have to help them.  School administrators must realize that career counseling is the first step. It is the first step en route to a successful career.