Monday, May 21, 2018

Parenting Pointers: Ways to Boost Children's Confidence

According to Alise McGregor, while children's academics are so important, so are their social skills, emotional intelligence, etc.  The years of 0-5 are not just important for learning their ABCs and 123s, they are also shaping their personality and social abilities. Boosting children's confidence is crucial for both caregivers and parents. It can be done by focusing on the positives. There will be times when they get the answers incorrect, focus on "You are so close, let's try that again" vs "nope, wrong."

Alise offers the following tips as well: 
Let them make their own decisions--rather than "now you are going to do this" opt for "we have to get art, music and handwriting done, which one do you want to do first." 
Don't save them from everything--its OK for them to grow by mistakes or uncomfortable situations.  Making new friends is a skill/trait that needs to be learned, it is easier for some than others. 
As I always say...."listen to your child" listen to what is bothering them, listen to their wins each day and listen to their hopes and dreams.

Alise McGregor is the founder of Little Newtons (, an exceptional child care center focusing on early childhood education with four locations in Minnesota and one in Illinois. She is the author of an upcoming book, Creating Brilliance. Also a nurse, she has a B.S. in Exercise Physiology with a cardiac rehabilitation emphasis.

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