RAISING A CONFIDENT THINKER
“Birth takes a woman’s deepest fears about herself and show her that she is stronger than them.”
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LET’S GET INTO THE CONFIDENT CONTENT:
Why do we want to raise confident thinkers? Because a confident thinker will always have natural self-confidence in life, and with confidence, you can conquer anything that comes your way. Confident thinkers tend to be better leaders, more creative, more willing to step outside of their comfort zones and to have more self-efficacy. Confident thinkers tend to be optimistic and tend to walk through life with confidence that things will work out…in short, confident thinkers are happy thinkers.
Even though I have admittedly struggled with my fair share of insecurities, I can confidently say that my parents raised both me and my brother to be confident thinkers. In preparation for this topic, I thought about what it was that made us become that way – what exactly was it that my parents did – and here is what I have concluded:
- Curiosity reigns.
Teach our children to be intellectually and emotionally curious. Curiosity promotes creativity, creativity births confidence and confidence gives us the freedom to be our true selves.
- Books are imperative.
Readers are leaders, and for your child to have confidence to navigate the social world, they need to be intellectually challenged and stimulated. There is no better way to encourage reading than for you to set the example yourself.
- Dreaming is encouraged.
Keep an open dialogue about your child’s dreams – encourage them that they can do and achieve anything they set their mind to. Expose them to stories of triumph and of seemingly impossible dreams and goals being achieved. Additionally – lead by example, share your dreams with your kids…let them know that dreaming never stops. Dreaming is a life-time endeavor.
- Exploration is necessary.
Confident thinkers know that they have the freedom to explore – or try something out – without fear of failing or without fear of having to re-route. They understand that changing direction is simply part of exploration. Exploration empowers us to learn how to enjoy the journey rather than to focus on the destination.
- Creativity is nurtured.
Your child doesn’t need to be “creative” in order for their creativity to shine. We are all created with a need for creative expression … some express it differently from others, and it is our job as parents to encourage creative expression and exploration of any type. Knowing that they have the freedom to be creative – and that you will support them in that creativity – will take their creativity to unprecedented levels.
- Deep ethical issues are discussed.
By discussing difficult to discuss concepts as a family – and examining both “sides” of an argument, opinion or ethic issue – you are deepening the critical thinking skills of your child. Additionally, through these open dialogues, your child will have the confidence to know that sharing their opinions with you – even if their opinion differs from yours – is safe and welcomed. As they mature they won’t stray from hard to digest issues and instead will have the confidence to dive right into them, forming their own opinions with leadership and clarity.
- Individuality is praised.
It’s important to let your child know that their brain is special and that they are uniquely wired to think in a very special way. There is no one in the world that has had a brain like theirs and that is to be celebrated. Teach your child that they have engrained in them certain interests, ideas and dreams, and that the world needs them to engage their mind because their mind will ultimately make a positive difference in helping the lives of others.
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Now go out there and be more of who you are, be you, be free, be the confident mom that you are meant to be