Building Your Child’s Self-
Discipline and Self-Confidence
One of the hardest things that a parent can face is when their child lacks self-discipline or self-esteem. We live in a world that seems to run on reality television and instant gratification.
Sometimes we as adults can get lost in the complications of life and children find themselves feeling lost. Children, | have to remind almost all parents, are children.
They have not lived in the world as adults, they have not had the kind of experience that causes an adult to analyze a situation and determine the best course of dealing with it.
They have not had time to develop as people, and are bombarded with damaging and denigrating messages from media and peers.
They are looking for ways to express themselves, trying to differentiate, and become adults in a climate that is less attuned to hard work and a positive attitude than it is to materialism, consumerism, and self centeredness.
Developing self-discipline and self-confidence in children is helping them a firm foundation on which to build a moral and ethical “house” that will be with them all their life. You can’t do this for them, but you can guide them into doing it for themselves — just as you did when they were transitioning from crawling to walking on their own. Let’s break it down and look at ways to help kids of all ages develop these two foundation traits.