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How To Build Self Confidence in Parenting

Jul 23, 2008
Raising a child has never been easy and in fact it is one of the hardest job you will ever have. It is challenging, exciting, nerve-wracking but provides you with one of the most amazing experience you will ever have. Along with the joy of raising a child often comes self-doubt - the fear of doing something that is not right, the permanent psychological damage that you may cause your child, or a whole list of other things that could possibly go wrong. But relax! There are a few simple things that you can keep in mind to raise your confidence as a parent.

We all make mistakes even as parents and there is no such thing as a perfect parent. Keeping this in mind will take a great deal of pressure off. Simply do your best, expect hitches along the way and be prepared to deal with them. Understanding the stage of development that your child is in and knowing what to expect and expect the unexpected is great preparation. However, do remember that the worst may not happen! Your child may not be a reckless teenager.One important point to always remember is that all children are different so do not compare your child or parenting style with others. This will likely cause you unnecessary stress.

Do not always believe everything that the experts say. Certainly, many experts have loads of experience working with children of all sorts. However, do listen to what they have to say but do not take it as the final word. You as a parent know your child better than anyone else, and if a piece of advice does not seem right for your child, trust your parental instincts. You are most likely to be correct. What may have worked for others may not work for you, and that is okay. Very often, kind-intentioned friends and relatives are likely to offer their advices. Some of these might be useful and some not. Do not oblige and feel pressured to follow these advices as long as you feel that it is not right for your family situation. This understandably can be difficult especially in close relationships. However, by establishing those boundaries because you know what is best for your child will help to boost your confidence simply by knowing that you can determine what is best for you and stand up for it.

It may sound like old advice, but do spend time with your child. More and more studies have shown that children whose parents show an interest in them are better equipped to deal with some of life's challenges. Spending time with your child also helps you to know your child better and in turn helps you to make better choices. It works well for all involved.

At the appropriate time, seek help when you need it. It may sound contradictory to the earlier statements but it is actually not so. When you know your child and understand his or her needs well, you are in a much better position to know what advice to accept and what to reject. When dealing with a difficult or serious situation, and feeling that it is out of your control, it is probably time to seek outside help. This does not necessarily mean that you have failed. On the contrary, it shows that you are confident enough in yourself and your parenting style to recognize that you may not have all the answers. Some of the situations like out of control behaviors and drug abuse require outside intervention. It is definitely alright to ask for help when you need it, so do not put yourself down if and when it happens.

At any one given moment, you are giving your best to your child and family, so do keep that in mind at all times. It is a fact that life does not always go smoothly all the time, and this is often most obvious in parenting. It is alright to make mistakes and admit them. And when your children see you doing this, you are showing them that a confident person is not perfect and that everyone makes mistakes from time to time. This in turn will help your children to feel more confident when they make mistakes as well.
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