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Teaching Confidence

From infancy through adolescence, parents can help their children grow to be confident by modeling, monitoring for safety, providing an appropriate environment, teaching skills, setting boundaries and being encouraging.

To build their own skills, children need to have the opportunity to experience feeling capable and able.

This comes from doing the hard work themselves. Whether that means learning to walk by standing up, taking four steps, falling and crawling back to the chair to get up again, or studying for the SATs more than once, children have to be in charge of their own competence to build confidence.

Parents can be present to cheer their children on for a while, but as children grow, they need their own internal cheerleader to take over - for life.

You will find more information about children and adolescents at: www.ag.ndsu.edu/cff/children-parents-and-families-folder/children-parents-and-families-2

Source: , NDSU Family Science Specialist, 701-231-7450

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