Confident Parents? Well, confidence and parenting may not often appear in the same sentence for many of us. Nothing in the world can prepare you for the challenging role of parenting. However, you can be a confident parent and navigate through your task, raising confident and well-adjusted children.
Confidence, as defined by dictionary.com, is “full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing.” Why do we need this? Because many times, people, including children, can see through our lack of confidence, and it often affects how they relate to us. When you are confident, people are attracted to you, and it increases your overall happiness.
The first time you held your little bundle of joy, you must have been overwhelmed by countless emotions. Love and fear of the unknown are usually the two most common ones. You might have been worried if you have what it takes to raise this little individual. No one ever has what it takes, but we often always grow into our role as parents.
Our world has changed the way most things are done. In nearly all cultures, parents were the primary agents for teaching and caring for their children. They often had the support of experienced members of their extended families. Today, migrating away from family to find work and pressure for both parents to work has brought untold stress with families with children. Many kids spend more time with others, like teachers and care providers than they do with their parents. So, a lot of times, there is little connection between parents and their children. Peers and teachers shape their children. Thus, contributing to our losing the confidence battle.
Here are eight strategies you can employ to build your confidence in this sometimes challenging but rewarding role:
Hope you find these 8 steps useful. Sometimes you may need some extra help from experts who can help you achieve your parenting goal. Make use of the needed help available in your region. If you live in Alberta, you might find the Alberta Triple P Program helpful.
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