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FAMILY


Raise Confident, Courageous


Kids! by: Seema Thobhani


Do you think your child would be happier and/more successful if he/she was more confident?


Parents who consciously and proactively help their child to develop emotionally and build life skills such as trust, confidence, self-esteem, positivity and empa- thy alongside their education and technical skills may in doing so be reserving a seat at the top table in life for their child.


But nurturing one’s offspring in this way puts the spotlight on parents. “Until I became a parent, I never knew I had the capacity to love so much.” This comment reflects the new emotional frontiers we cross when we bring a child into the world. Parenting is, for most, a cocktail of joy, laughter, fun… chaos and high stress levels.


Let us look at The 3 A’s of Posi- tive Parenting:


ACCEPTANCE—This requires great courage from parents but accepting the children as they are (not comparing them to another child) can help us in raising their confidence.


AVAILABILITY—Gift of time is big- gest gift parents can give a child because a child wants more time and love than anything from their parents. As Jesse Jackson nicely quotes, ‘Your children need your presence more than your presents’


APPRECIATION—This is some- thing that everyone craves for. All human beings want approval. It is very important for you as a parent to appreciate children publicly and criticise privately. Children often misbehave because they want at- tention from their parents. So ap- preciate their good behaviour and apprehend their bad behaviour!


In my experience of successfully building the confidence of hun- dreds of children, I encourage parents to create a positive and inspiring environment to continue the amazing results that their chil- dren achieved in the workshops and therefore, we bring you these proven tips to boost your child’s confidence…


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