Confidence and self-esteem can go hand-in-hand. Motherly published an article that identifies 25 phrases you can say to your child to boost his or her confidence: https://www.mother.ly/child/25-phrases-to-boost-your-kids-confidence#close. Here are 7 of those 25:
- You are capable - Have your words match your belief, and reframe a "Don't fall" or "Don't get hurt" to "You are capable".
- You've got this - Articulate that you know they have the skills to overcome an obsticle they're facing.
- I believe in you - When your child knows this, they can feel inspired and supported.
- You can do hard things - Especially when an obsticle seems insurmountable, they can lean into the difficulty of the task in order to accomplish it - it's not always about success, sometimes it's about the journey.
- No matter what happens, I love you - Children can often internalize perceived actions/behaviors/words as fact, so stating this will be proactive with reassurance and to remind them what's important.
- How can I help - When your child really get's stuck, asking how you can help still makes children think about the problem and a possible solution.
- You make me proud - this has a profound and lasting impact for children who hear their parents say this AND for children who don't