We all want our kids to develop into strong, confident individuals but what happens when as a parent, you’re not quite as confident as you’d like to be?
The good news is that there are ways to encourage your child’s confidence, while working on your own.
Think about yourself.
Before you even think about teaching your child how to develop their confidence, you’ll have to work on your own, says Dr. Belinda Akins a Sydney based Psychologist. “It won’t happen immediately and we shouldn’t expect it to, but thinking about body language, the way we talk while our children are watching us can all assist you in coming across as a more confident person”. She recommends practicing in the mirror; stand with your feet facing the person that you are talking to, meet their eyes and smile where appropriate."
When you’re faced with uncomfortable situations, take a minute to breathe. When we are anxious, we tend to rush through our words, often stumbling or stuttering. Slowing down your speech will automatically make you appear more confident to others.
“A common fault for a lot of women who are anxious is that they place inflections at the end of sentences. That’s when your voice goes slightly higher, almost as if you’re asking a question,” says Belinda. “Try and keep your speech neutral and believe in what you are saying.”