Anyone who loves a child (or was ever a child themselves!) understands just how important it is to boost their self-esteem and build their confidence.
Let me back up a minute. Anyone who loves a child (or was ever a child themselves!) understands just how important it is to boost their self-esteem and build their confidence. There are so many ways to achieve this! We build children’s confidence in small ways by:
We build children’s confidence in bigger ways too by:
Whether big or small, all of our efforts to build children’s confidence are infinitely more effective when done with their love language in mind.
Dr. Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages are a simple way of understanding how individuals best give and receive love — which is pretty crucial if we are committed to our relationships. The premise is that we all have one or two dominant languages out of the five.
First and foremost, take the quiz. Understand the 5 love languages through your own lenses. Reflect on the results of the quiz and what it tells you about how you best receive love. What examples can you think of that illustrate this point?
This self-understanding is key because it creates greater awareness to begin seeing how you tend to give love and to better recognize how others in your life better receive love. Most of us automatically give love to others (partner, children, siblings, parents, etc) the way we would most like to receive love in return. But your child, for example, won’t receive your love too well if his/her love language is different than yours — and that is pretty frustrating. Not feeling appreciated for what we try to offer others, frankly, just doesn’t feel too good. Beyond that, it makes communication harder too.
What does this have to do with building your child’s confidence? Well, the greater a child’s belief is that s/he are truly loved and understood, the more they’ll feel safe to explore who they really are. There’s not a shadow of a doubt in my mind that you love your child to the moon and back – you wouldn’t be reading this article if you didn’t! And I’m willing to bet your child knows they are loved too. That doesn’t mean s/he always feels understood. When you can actively love your kids in the way they best perceive it as love, the more they feel loved from their point of view – not yours. That type of understanding is what the love languages offer.
Take time to learn your child’s love language; there is a children’s quiz too. Each day, intentionally choose one way to actively love your child within his/her love language. Notice how s/he responds and what happens over time. Once you know the love languages, you can’t un-know them. And as your child feels more and more understood and loved, you’ll watch their confidence grow!