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Raising Confident Children

There are an infinite number of reasons a child may be bullied or become a bully; however, not all children will experience or partake in bullying – what sets these children apart is healthy self-esteem. Focus on building your child’s confidence, regardless of traits that may be singled out by bullish peers. Confidence will help your child build a positive relationship with themselves, which will function as a foundation for their self-esteem during adolescence and adulthood. As a parent, there are a lot of ways to help your child form a positive self-image; for instance, when discussing your child’s insecurities, focus on the things you can do to improve upon them. Focus on teaching health, happiness, and independence. Also, work with your child to develop healthy eating, sleeping, and exercise habits. Your child will look to the habits you display in the home, so make sure that you practice the healthy habits you’ll be teaching.

Dr. Michael Clatch, Psy. D
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