As they get older, children and young people can become more self-conscious, and more inclined to compare their progress with that of their peers. Over time, this can have an impact on their wellbeing.
Positive self-belief has a powerful effect on a child’s learning progress, so it is important to cultivate this.
Here are 3 ways in which parents can support their child in developing confidence and self-esteem:
#1. Help them find something they’re good at
This will help your child to accept those areas that they are not so good at. Encourage them to identify interests and potential talents, whether sporting, artistic, creative, scientific, technical or musical. Look for out-of-school or in-school clubs, workshops or holiday courses to develop their skills in one or more of these areas.
#2. Use mindful techniques to manage learning-related anxieties
Many websites offer suggestions for mindful breathing for children. Sensitive children often pick up on parental stress, so it can help if a parent practices the technique alongside their child.
#3. Don’t overlook the essentials
Nutrition, water, quality sleep and exercise are all important to your child’s health and wellbeing. Technology can offer useful solutions for dyslexic students, but experts advise all students to have a technology-free hour (including phones) before bedtime to help them get a better night’s sleep.