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Boosting Confidence

Boosting Confidence 12/27/19From 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.

A person’s confidence comes from facing challenges and 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 and taking college entrance exams 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 eventually need their own internal cheerleader to take over - for life.

NDSU Extension offers more information about children and adolescents online at  https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/cff/posts and www.ag.ndsu.edu/cff/children-parents-and-families-folder/children-parents-and-families-2

Source:  Kim Bushaw, NDSU Extension Family Science Specialist

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