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11 Simple Activities to Build Self-Confidence in a Child

Mr. Antony Koshy
Feb 21, 2022
Self-confidence in children

Self-confidence is the foundation of all success and achievement in life - Brian Tracy

We agree with this quote, Confidence is vital in any individual’s life. When it comes to kids who are starting their life and taking an official entering to primary school, for them it's quite important because their future success, happiness, health depends on how well they carry confidence.

Confident children are equipped well to deal with any kind of situation like peer pressure, responsibility, frustrations, challenges, emotional turmoil etc.

But how to build self confidence in toddlers and what is the key factor in developing a child’s confidence?

Let’s understand it together!

There are few research-based, effective strategies that can help parents to boost their confidence.

1. Ensure Your Love is Unconditional

No doubt, Parents' love for their child is unconditional but you have to ensure that your child knows it.

They shouldn't feel that you love them only when they do good things or when they make you proud. Assure them that you love them no matter what.

The best way to assure them is, to praise them always for their work, praise them in front of others even if it's a small thing, do not criticize them when things go wrong, instead, pamper them all the love and make them understand things.

They will feel confident to open up with you and share their fears and worries.

2. Positive Self-Talk

Being a parent you should avoid negative talk or criticizing your child. Instead, engage in positive talk and help them practice the same.

Remember the more you say bad things to them, they will absorb all that things and it might stay in their mind forever.

The primary students and their minds are like sponges, they need a good environment and positive self-talk in crucial years of their life so that they grow into healthy individuals.

Teach them positive affirmations. Raise confidence in them when they are not good at something, cheer them up that they will learn it slowly and ask them not to give up.

3. Assign Tasks to Them

Assigning them a task means that you believe in them which automatically boost their confidence.

Give them age-appropriate tasks now and then, praise them if they do it well and reward them. If they fail to do it, teach them in a polite and loving way.

4. Spend Time with Them

Spending time with them means playing with them, involving yourself in their games and other activities they do. These things help them believe that they are important and worthy of their time.

Be a kid with them while playing. Let them guide you and lead you so that they can enjoy, engage, feel valuable and accomplished.

Teachers of Dubai International School implement this strategy in the classroom as well.

Spending quality time also matters for eg:- Take them out, eat with them in a restaurant, enjoy with them in-game zones, do activities that allow you and your child to enjoy time together.

5. Be Their Role Model

Improve your own confidence first because children learn from their environment and the people around them.

As parents spend most of the time with children they see and learn things from them. So they will mirror what you do, so set a good example in front of them.

Be their role model, show confidence in everything you do and let them learn from you how to politely or calmly handle things.

6. Ask for Their Advice or Opinion

Asking children for advice or opinions on age-appropriate situations help them feel valued and make them feel that they are important and worthy.

1. Ask them how dress you had wore looks.

2. Ask them if they loved the food they had prepared.

3. Ask them if they should buy this or that.

It builds confidence in them and they also learn that it’s okay to ask for advice or opinions.

Teachers of Primary School Dubai spends quality time with students to know their interests and have personalized conversations with each to know them better.

7. Teach Them How to Set and Achieve Goals

Children need a helping hand in learning things. They are small to set goals for themselves and achieve them.

So teach them how to set age-specific goals, how to achieve them by taking smaller steps daily.

For eg:- Teach them counting by using fun activities, provide the task to do it daily, help them know what they have to do and why they are doing all these activities.

Once they have achieved goals help them understand the improvement in them, what they were earlier and what they are now.

Explain to them the process of how they achieved all these. You can even record their video to show them their improvement.

Chances are that they will not understand at one go but make sure you repeat this mantra of their achievement so that they learn the essence of it over the period.

The main goal of doing this is to help them gain confidence and help them achieve goals for themselves in future.

8. Put Them in Art Classes

Putting them in dance, acting or any kind of art class is the best way to help them open up with other people and boost their confidence.

If your child has the stage fear they will learn to overcome it slowly. Acting classes are best to make sure your child learns to speak and act confidently in front of others and expand their comfort zone.

Teachers of Dubai International School encourage kids to do roleplay or incorporate drama games into the classroom so that they learn to be confident.

Create opportunities for children so that they can try activities and get to know what interest them.

9. Make Them Feel Special

Put the best photo in their bedroom or hall wherever they spend most of the time so that they can see it regularly.

You can also portray their artwork or frame things they have prepared on walls to make them feel special and important.

Teachers of Primary School Dubai post pictures of their students, showcase their artwork to appreciate them and their work. Such simple things increase a child’s confidence!

Most importantly, avoid comparing children to others because it creates doubts in them, makes them sad, lowers their confidence that they do meet your expectations.

10. Give Importance To Their Choices

Allow them to do things the way they want. Let them choose things for themselves

For eg:- let them wear clothes of their choice, buy things as per their choices. Giving them the power to decide, boost their confidence.

11. Help Them Overcome the Fear of Failure

Encourage them to try new activities so that they keep learning. Teach them that it is ok if they fail for the first time and mistakes are perfectly fine as long as you are learning and not repeating them again.

Help them to overcome the fear of trying new things or fear of failure as it affects their fullest potential and confidence.


Self-Confidence is essential in today’s world and it shapes a child’s life tremendously.

Helping your child to get that self-confidence in them by providing them with a positive environment at home or through Primary School Dubai will be the best gift for them.

Pick a few strategies from above and start implementing them. Look for all these things while finalizing the school for them.

With the love and support of the people around them, your child will grow into a confident individual.

Need more such strategies; leave your comment below!

Mr. Antony Koshy

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