5 Ways To Build Your Child’s Confidence ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

5 Ways To Build Your Childs Confidence And Self Esteem And Empower Them #IfShesHappyImHappy Main

5 Ways To Build Your Child’s Confidence  

I recently introduced a regular feature #IfShesHappyImHappy and this week I’m talking about building your child’s confidence.  #IfShesHappyImHappy is all about the cycle of happiness – you being happy, making your child happy and it coming full circle to make you happy again!  You can read it here if you missed it.

5 Ways To Build Your Childs Confidence And Self Esteem And Empower Them #IfShesHappyImHappy Main

All Children are different

We all know that children are different, that siblings can be like chalk and cheese and that children develop at different rates.

Yet most children will benefit from activities that include the same factors; the factors that encourage their own development and more importantly, that encourage them to develop at their own speeds.  They may include activities that encourage:

Being sociable

Being expressive

Being vocal

Being creative

Being together

And all of these factors encourage development in so many other ways.  In fact, they all come together like a big jigsaw puzzle.

All like pieces slotting in together. 

And the middle piece?

That could be you – the parent or carer.

The piece that nurtures, guides, encourages that vital independence to enable your child to develop in a way that’s healthy for them.

And of course, when our children have these pieces slotted together, it does help them to have a more confident, happier outlook on life.

We could sometimes all use a little help to have a positive outlook!

By giving children the opportunity to get involved in the activities involving the factors listed above, we’re laying their foundations for healthy development.

 What are your thoughts on building confidence in children?  Please share your thoughts in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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The good old times, assertiveness and another sale!

After a good friend posted a ton of pictures of the bygone days online, we now have a reunion provisionally planned for July 2013!  It really is incredible how a few photos can stir up so many happy memories (not mammories lads!) and get a group of very good friends back together again!

I’ve sold another copy of my book ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’… very, extremely, unbelievably pleased about that (as Lola from  ‘Charlie and Lola’ might say!)

Of all the books you can read about how to cope with a toddler’s assertiveness, you can’t really, truly be prepared for it in real life.  Picture the scene – with not a great deal of time before our little bear had to go to the childminders to see her ‘animal friends’, we made a quick trip to the library.  It’s getting harder and harder to coax her into her pushchair these days and to be fair, she is getting too big for it.  Where DID my baby go?!  She’s quite happy to walk with her reins but has recently started to pull back on them like a dog and wants to go in completely the opposite direction.  If you want to go to the shop, she wants the park. Not a problem if you’re not in a hurry!  She’s also decided that she wants to actually sit on her potty.  Great! Fantastic!  But not when you’ve got to the be out of the house in 5 minutes…! Assertiveness is a great characteristic and I hope she grows up to be confident and assertive but I’m running out of negotiation skills and bribes!