Summer break is here! Parents and children alike are excited. I know I was excited that first day, simply knowing I could sleep past 5:00 a.m. had me bouncing off walls. However, I knew I would be wide awake because I didn’t NEED to get up. SMH
Once you get past the first week, I recommend putting a routine in place for your child. Week one is time for everyone to unwind and we ALL need it. Regardless if you’re the child, work out of the home parent, work in the home parent or stay at home parent, take a week just to relax, relate, release. Do nothing. Have some fun. Be lazy. Unless you take a vacation, you will still need to work, but cut out the hustle and bustle and some of your stressors. In our home, we run to and from games and other after-school events. Because of this, I ensure we aren’t on anyone’s schedule the first week.
I’m sure you’re wondering what building confidence and me talking about routine and relaxing have to do with one another. Well, let me tie it all together. If we look at Dictionary.com we will see they define confidence as: belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance. So, being confident is believing in yourself. This is the main area we attack when I begin working with children. I feel we must build their confidence for them to feel comfortable tackling their school work. These skills will then lead into being confident in life.
So, with this in mind let’s look at a few ways to help build confidence during the summer months.
1. Chores – give your child responsibility. Set up a reward system for them completing the assigned tasks. We aren’t looking for perfection, just that they are doing the task as you scheduled with minimum reminders and at their full capability.
2. Practice weak subjects in school – I promise if you work a little during summer break, the transition will be a little smoother and your child will be a bit more confident to start the year.
3. Remove “I Can’t” from everyone’s vocabulary. This is rule #1 for my students. We DO NOT use this word as we work. I will share some ways to help transition this word from everyday usage.
4. Allow them to select their clothes for the day. If you have young children, this will work, and they will LOVE it! My youngest daughter has an eye for fashion. When she was younger (she’s only seven now) I cringed at the outfits she put together. We had battles because she wanted to wear one pink and one green CROC; it drove me bonkers. It didn’t stop there. All of her outfits she wanted to wear were a little crazy. She didn’t want to dress as a princess every day and head out to lunch. No, that would’ve been too easy. She loved and still loves putting the wildest things together, but once she got the outfit on it looked good! It’s also good practice for your older children. It’s giving a bit of independence. No, I’m not saying allow your child to dress inappropriately, but allowing them to select their outfits with items you’ve already approved is perfect for them and frees up your time a bit. Have them choose their outfits at night or weekly.
5. Practice a sport – Guess what you’re doing? That’s right; you’re outside spending some quality time with your child. Does your child want to play football, soccer, softball, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, etc.? Go outside and practice with them. It doesn’t matter if you know the rules. Heck, you can Youtube anything these days. Learn the basics and head out to help them practice. You will have great bonding time and laughter. The extra training is building their confidence and getting them ready for fall tryouts.
Encouragement will go along for anyone’s confidence. As you spend time with your kid(s) this summer, it is the best time to encourage them in all areas of life. The five items listed above are just a few ideas to help build confidence this summer.
Know you, Be You, Love You
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