After a few attempts at soccer and a couple other sports we realized our daughter just wasn’t interested. She dives into the world of books, which is amazing but we still wanted to challenge her. Some of you may understand how challenging it is to find the right activities to build your child’s confidence.
We finally realized we needed to stop and listen to her interests, then we could find what “sparked” her. Just like adults, the passion the drives us are all different. What also made it more difficult is certain sports developed more pain due to her flat feet, which we’ve since gotten orthopedic inserts.
Activities to Build Your Child’s Confidence
Working with animals can not only be therapeutic from some kids, it’s also a great way to build self-confidence. My daughter was born an animal lover so I don’t know why we didn’t think about this sooner.
About a month ago, we enrolled her in horseback riding lessons. The facility we picked focuses on care & safety first. This was definitely a priority for us because we wanted her to understand that there was more to riding. Every lesson starts with grooming, which develops the bond between her and the horse. She’s growing into her own with every class.
Did you see the article Something Truly Beautiful Is Happening At This Animal Shelter by The Dodo? Animal shelters and rescue groups also have great volunteer opportunities where you and your child can get involved together. The ability to give another living creature unconditional love and watch that bond grow is nothing short of amazing.
Conquering what seems impossible. Hiking is very popular and you can start on beginner trails, slowly challenging as they begin to develop their confidence. At first, they might see the impossible, a large mountain, but they will begin to see that attacking it trail by trail leads to some incredible feats.
Being outdoors together, leaves little room for the noise and chatter that our normal lives can bring. Maybe there are issues at school or with a friend, the clarity of being unplugged will give them the insight they need to conquer the issues.
Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing. – Barry Finlay
The powerful act of giving. I saved this section for last because it very well might be my favorite. Every holiday season I’ve run a “Bless It Forward” campaign. Last year I handed the project over to my daughter, you can read more about it in Bless It Forward 2015: A Child’s Perspective. There was an indescribable sense of pride we both gained from the project. In turn, my normally shy little girl stood tall sharing a little Christmas “Spirit” with others.
Find out what matters to your child, use your listening ears much like we ask them to do. You’d be surprised what they say and how they think they can make a difference. Support them, be their cheerleader so they can rise up. Giving them the opportunity to challenge themselves and watch as their build their own confidence.
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