As a parent, you want nothing more than to see your little ones live out their best life – not just in a successful way, but also when it comes to health and happiness. You hope that you raise your child to be kind and genuine, emotionally strong and confident in their own skin, and also hope they are truly happy in their life, chasing and achieving their dreams.

Whether they want to be an actor or a lawyer, words of encouragement and support help uplift your children to believe, and have confidence, to achieve greatness. Instilling confidence can help your kid overcome life’s hurdles, be courageous when trying something new, or thrive when doing something they love.

So, empower your little ones when you can, and as early as you can, to help them to grow into the best possible version of themselves.

1.    Give out words of encouragement

Kids respond well to encouragement and thrive when their hard efforts have been acknowledged. Focus on the positives – if they love and enjoy something, that is bringing purpose and fulfillment to their life, then encourage them to keep doing what they love and let them know just how well they are doing. Even if you need to provide some constructive feedback that isn’t the best, be sure to deliver in a positive way by ending your feedback on an uplifting note.

2.    Believe in them, so they can believe in themselves

By letting your child know that you believe in them, this ingrains confidence, and in turns helps them to believe in themselves. Self-confidence is valuable, and will help your child both emotionally and mentally over the course of their life. Where you can, let them make their own decisions and support them with their choices. This also teaches them to be responsible, and gives them a sense of independence and freedom.

3.    In with the constructive, out with the negative

Be mindful of what words you say to your child, and the lasting impact they could have on their self-esteem, particularly when they have made a mistake, there has been an accident or your little one isn’t succeeding in certain areas of their life. After all, kids’ minds are perceptive and sponge-like; they tend to soak up everything that is said or done around them and whether they are aware of it or it occurs on a subconscious level, what you say to your child – good or bad – is likely to be absorbed. Be constructive, rather than negative, with feedback and teach them better ways for set tasks, so they gain confidence in their ability.

4.    Don’t compare

It is important that your little one is happy in their own skin, and they are proud of the person they are. Teach them to be grateful for their life, and not to compare themselves to others, rather focus on their wonderful individuality that makes them who they are. Practicing gratitude is also a great way to ensure inner happiness, as well as teaches patience, respect, consideration and care for others. To inspire gratitude, you could ask your child to say one thing they are grateful for at dinner each night.

Chanelle Shibata