Laci Swann: How to Raise Confident Children

Every morning, I drive my four-year-old daughter to school. Although the distance from our home to her school is quite short, this is one of my favorite times of the day. I truly treasure our mommy-daughter time together, and these seemingly brief moments create such big, impactful memories in my heart. Every morning, during our drive, we do two things together—we sing along to my daughter’s favorite soundtrack and we recite positive affirmations.

“God loves me.”
“I am kind.”
“I am a leader.”
“I am smart.”
“I can everything I put my mind to.”

Those are a few of the affirmations I taught my daughter and requested she recites aloud. I want her to have a solid sense of confidence, especially as she enters an environment of peers, so that she can make sound decisions and feel comfortable with her choices.

As parents, we often encourage our children to make healthy, positive decisions and think happy thoughts. We work very hard to instill self-confidence through praise, affirmations and love, and this is an ongoing journey for parents until our little ones leave the nest. Even then, when our kids become adults, our job is never done. To this day, my father preaches the importance of confidence to me, his 30-something-year-old daughter. Amid these lessons, however, there are times when confidence is no longer about a positive self-image because it teeters into egotistical territory, a place God does not want our hearts to explore.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourself. —Philippians 2:3

Self-image is an important concept to teach our children because the way they feel about themselves impacts their relationships with others. We want our kids to choose their friends wisely, steer clear of peer pressure, and be a leader in their own right.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Laci Swann