self-confidence begins at home

Self-confidence and homeschooling

Boosting and building your child’s self-confidence is an important aspect of being a parent.  It becomes even more important when homeschooling.

When children misbehave in class, give up or don’t seem to be trying at school this can signal a problem.

These behaviours are often used to hide feelings of vulnerability.  Teachers often punish these learners, which only serves to worsen the problem.

As a parent, one of the reasons you choose to homeschool your child is because you are worried about their emotional well-being.  One of the greatest benefits of homeschooling your child is seeing them blossom into the happy and confident individual that you know they are.

So how do you help to build your child’s self-confidence?

  • Improve their belief in their ability to do things.
  • Boost their sense of self-worth.
  • Improve their sense of responsibility for their actions (both positive and negative).

Homeschooling means that you can adapt your teaching style to best help your children.  Encourage them to adopt a more positive approach to their work.

Helping your child to have a positive outlook on their school work at home will do wonders for their self-confidence.

When children are not so afraid of failure and they feel comfortable to express uncertainty and to ask questions then they will be able to do better.

It is important to encourage your child to express their feelings.  Really listen to them and acknowledge their feelings.  Try not to criticise.  Instead of saying: “no, that is wrong.”  Try saying: “what about trying it this way?”  Negative messages can really stick with your child.  Always try your best to create a positive message.  Encourage an optimistic environment where anything is possible.  You can read more about the importance of positive words here.

There is no such thing as a “stupid” question.

Nobody can succeed without having to try.

Everybody learns differently.

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