Do you have a child or teenager who doesn’t seem confident in his or her own skin?
If you are worried that they feel a little lost, or concerned others may negatively influence them, helping them recognise their values is a great place to start. This gives them a basis for determining who they are and what is important to them.
When children and teens have a stronger sense of themselves, they tend to feel less anxious and more empowered.
The following simple strategy is a great place to start. It will enable you to have some conversations with them (if they’re willing) and also helps them develop some self awareness.
Determining what is important to them also gives them the opportunity to respectfully stand up for what they feel is acceptable and helps them learn resilience and independence.
Below are some key points to discuss and list down together:
- My parents values are
- The values of someone else I respect are
- Societies values are
- Values that I think I should live by
- Values I actually live by
- Most important things to me
You could also do this activity as a family to give you an opportunity to discuss your differences and similarities.
What ways do you try and help boost your kids confidence levels? Feel free to leave your comments below.