The biggest thing that a child covets his whole life is support. Support not only gives the child the confidence he needs to lead a good life, but also the strength to overcome challenges and fight with greater zeal. For the child it is natural to look up to his parents for this support. Thus, in order to make sure your kid shows growth and is a confident being, show him that you’re there when necessary. That doesn’t mean you overlook his mistakes and let him turn into a brat, or that you you interfere at every step, you just need to guide him on to the right path and stand by him when he is not wrong.
Make him an independent thinker
You should always push your child to think for himself. Let him face the challenges, let him see how the world functions and let him figure a way to deal with it. This will help your kid in becoming an informed and a logical person. Interfering, on the other hand, will only make your child dependent on you and incapable of taking important decisions even later in life.
Let him be unique
Children are afraid of making choices which are not easily acceptable to the society. Make sure you stand with your child when he chooses something that is unconventional, and needs strength. There is absolutely nothing wrong in trying to do something new, it is only through this that the child will become fearless in life and will learn to listen to his heart.
There will obviously be times when the kid will make mistakes. There will be times when your kid will seem too naive, but that is okay. He is only a kid and it is natural to make mistakes. The best way to help your kid during this time is to be calm and explain him the pros and cons of the situation. Give him a reason to believe that what he did was wrong. Answer his questions and convince him that there is a better way of doing things.
Be their confidant
The best way to support your child is to hear whatever he has to say. Children at this age want somebody who will listen to their problems and their concerns no matter how small they are. Once you become the confidant your child needs, you will see how your child will grow into a more secure and confident person and respect you all the more.
Talk about their achievements
Every child loves it when his parents express their pride in whatever he is doing. Be that parent who appreciates the kid’s hard work and talent. Let the world know that your kid is doing really well and that he is already on the path to success. This will reinstate the kid’s faith in himself and push him to work even harder.
Support, at times, can be abstract too. Sometimes even sitting with your kid for a few minutes and talking about random things can help him come out of ambiguity. All he needs is surety from time to time that what he is doing is right, that he is on the right path and that he has somebody to catch him when he falls. The children today are not afraid of working hard and falling so that they can get back up, they’re afraid of not being accepted by the society which judges them a little too quickly. All they need is a little support that will help them overcome all the obstacles that come in their way.