Raising Boys and Girls Podcast: S4, E5 How to Help Kids Grow in Confidence

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The Raising Boys and Girls podcast is back for Season 4 with topics and guests that will inspire you along your journey of raising kids in today’s world. Join Sissy Goff and David Thomas this week as they talk about how to help your kids grow in confidence.

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Modern Parents, Vintage Values, Revised and Updated: Instilling Character in Today's Kids - Sissy Goff

Modern Parents, Vintage Values book

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Kids are more confident when they are little but confidence tends to wane in adolescence.

 

Acknowledge their strengths and their struggles.

Be really specific when you encourage your kids.

Avoid the “everybody gets a trophy” trend. Over-encouragement often translates to pressure for kids.

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Your kids are not going to be great at everything and they need to know they don’t have to be.

Make sure to praise their effort more than the outcome.

 

Enjoy your kids.

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Girls who are delighted in feel more delightful.

Boys you are enjoyed feel more enjoyable.

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Kids want to feel like people are interested in the things they love.

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What would it look like to lean farther into the things they love?

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Make home safe.

What is happening in your home that might get in the way of making your kids feel safe?

Conflict

Too much pressure

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What kids see themselves as, reflected in your eyes, is what they believe to be true about themselves.

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Help kids learn to give and serve.

Research shows that giving increases confidence. 

Kids need to believe they matter.

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3 Intentional Practices:

  1. Do a strengths assessment.
  2. Make a list of ways to give back locally.
  3. Learn something new together.

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Teach kids to have a growth mindset.

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Timeless Truth with Melissa Trevathan:

Isaiah 40:6-8

Psalm 100:5

Where does our confidence come from?

Confidence comes from truth. To live confidently is to trust in the truth of God’s Word. Melissa Trevathan

1.Remind each other of the truth. 2 Peter 1:12-15

One of the greatest things a friend can do is remind you of the truth.

2.Encourage one another. Hebrews 10:24-25

“You got this!”

3.Spur them on. Hebrews 10:24-25

The tone of your voice makes such a difference in encouraging children.