Top Tips to Help Your Preschooler Become Confident and Fearless

This week I would like to share with you about preschoolers and how to build their confidence. As you may know, being Art business mentors we have coached and worked alongside lots of young artists mums and dads. We often talk and discuss their Creative LifeStyle and the topic about their children often come up.

One of the most anxiety-inducing thoughts a parent can have is, “my child doesn’t seem too confident around people; they don’t like to interact with the crowd and be on their own.”. 

As dreadful as it may be, the fear of not raising a confident individual can be painful, to say the least. However, not all hope is lost. If you feel that your little one is not self-assured and could use a boost of confidence, you can certainly help them with it. With these practical and easy-to-follow tips, you can lift up your preschooler’s confidence and gear them up for school.

Talk to Them

Well, it goes without saying that if you want your kid to be able to speak their mind, you first need to converse with them as often as possible. If a child can’t (doesn’t) talk to their parents freely, they are less likely to gain the confidence to interact with others. 

So, always communicate with your kid and let them know that they can open up to you however they like.

Tell them that whether they make a mistake or have a not-so-good thought, or just feel run down, they can come to you without fear of judgement. With the door to having a dialogue whenever open at all times, you can work on building a friendlier relationship with your child. 

Foster a Friendship

You must be thinking, shouldn’t having conversations without boundaries be enough to form a friendly bond? No, it’s not. Sometimes just talking may not be the route to a friendship between a child and parent. You need to put in a little more effort, such as doing different activities together, taking them out for an outing, perhaps to the movies or for ice cream. 

Do whatever it is that your child likes. Once you begin having fun parent-child escapades, your little one will start seeing you as a friend. That alone will boost their confidence significantly. 

Let Them Know It’s Okay to Be Scared Sometimes

Many times when a child lacks confidence, they feel as though something is wrong with them. If your kid is underconfident, let them know that being scared or not being too sure of themselves is okay. They are not damaged or deserving of criticism. 

Tell your pre-schooler that it’s okay not to be confident and that they can overcome their fear. 

Be There Every Step of the Way

The feeling of being alone in a fight is often the reason someone gives up. Children are no different in that regard. So, let your child know that you are and will always be right by their side to help them get through anything, which in this case would be overcoming fear. 

To encourage your young one to become self-assured, share anecdotes from your past in which you thrashed self-doubt and came out victorious. Doing so will show them that they are not the only ones to struggle with confidence. 

Don’t Compare Them with Other Children

Perhaps the most damaging thing to a child’s confidence is getting compared with other kids. Never do that to your child because that will only make them question their worth a lot more. On the contrary, try praising your kid every now and then in front of others so that your little one knows that you are proud of them. 

Provide Them Opportunities for Interaction

All the tips we have mentioned so far include steps you need to take in your capacity to boost your pre-schooler’s confidence. 

With this step, you will involve the community and automatically give your kid the opportunity to interact with others and the best way to do that is by registering them in child care. If doing so is too expensive for you, sign up for a child care subsidy

Sending a young kid to a child care facility encourages them to communicate with strangers, and they must do it to get by. Hence, kids succumb and, at some point, power through their fear, even if begrudgingly so at first. 

Ending Note

Watching your little one being all shy and timid can be hard, but you can assist them in becoming fearless with a bit of effort. If you want your young kid to thrive and be as confident as possible, try to abide by the mentioned tips, and you should be good to go.  

Vinh Van Lam
the authorVinh Van Lam
Vinh Van Lam, co-founder of ArtSHINE, is a visionary art coach and entrepreneur with a passion for fostering creativity. With a diverse background in art and business, he brings a unique perspective to empower emerging artists, enabling them to thrive in the dynamic art industry through the innovative platform of ArtSHINE.

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