As your child grows older, you may find that his or her confidence level grows as well. This may be due to the fact that older children are given more autonomy at school. Usually they are given the option to choose classes based on their interests, strengths, and abilities, all the while exploring definitions of themselves. It’s at the stage of late adolescence that children begin to form an identity, learning more about themselves and becoming more confident in their own skin. So even if your younger child lacks confidence, take heart that chances are, that’ll change. For now, do what you can to nurture self-esteem. Encourage and praise your child’s strengths, and confidence will soon follow.
From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
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