Last night we went out for pizza with some friends and then went to The Gift of Lights. We had never been before. It is a park that is loaded with eight million Christmas lights and you drive through in your car. I think the kids really liked it and I really liked how it was a family activity that Sylvia could be buckled in for (I wont even tell you about her at the pizza place.) This morning we went to our MOPS meeting. We got to do a service project. We put together kits for women in a shelter. We then had a speaker on self confidence. I jotted down some tips she gave us for helping our children have confidence...
-Tell them your stories and experiences (successes, failures, embarrassing stories, etc.)
-Set a good example
-Express your belief in their abilities
-Supply challenging chores
-Teach problem solving
-Establish a safe environment (at home)
The speaker also said that a study was done of 1,700 families that had confident kids and three things were always the same,
1. The children were loved and appreciated.
2. The parents were more strict and disciplining.
3. The parents demanded accountability, responsibility, and self control from their children.