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Kids, as they grow up face a lot of uncharted territory. Could be a new school, teacher, or going out to play for the school for first time in football match. 

It takes time and right approach to build confidence of a kid.

Naturally, parents want to instill a can-do attitude in their kids so that they'll bravely take on new challenges and, over time, believe in themselves. While each child is a little different, parents can follow some general guidelines to build kids' confidence.

Self-confidence rises out of a sense of competence. In other words, kids develop confidence not because parents tell them they're great, but because of their achievements, big and small.

When kids achieve something, whether it's brushing their own teeth or riding a bike, they get a sense of themselves as able and capable, and tap into that high-octane fuel of confidence.

Building self-confidence can begin very early. When babies learn to turn the pages of a book or toddlers learn to walk, they are getting the idea 'I can do it!' With each new skill and milestone, kids can develop increasing confidence.

With plentiful opportunities, good instruction, and lots of patience from parents, kids can master basic skills — like tying their shoes and making the bed.

Be on the sidelines:

Of course, supervision is important to ensure that kids stay safe. But to help them really learn a new skill, it's also important not to hover. Give kids the opportunity to try something new, make mistakes, and learn from them.

For instance, if your son wants to learn how to make a peanut butter sandwich, demonstrate, set up the ingredients, and let him give it a try. Don't swear at him the next second some butter spills on the table. In fact, avoid any criticism that could discourage him from trying again. If you step in to finish the sandwich, your son will think, 'Oh well, I guess I can't make sandwiches.'

The payoff will be real, if you have patience for the mess and the time for your son to learn.

Encourage & Praise:

Sometimes, kids give up when frustrations arise. Help by encouraging persistence in the midst of setbacks. By trying again, kids learn that obstacles can be overcome.

Throughout childhood, parents have chances to prepare kids to take care of themselves. Sure, it's great to feel needed, but as kids steadily gain confidence and independence, their relationship with you can be even richer.

Eventually, as they grow up to face challenges without any apprehension they will say thanks for how they feel confident when challenged. 

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