Build Confidence at Home
Inside a supportive, God-centered home, children develop healthy self-confidence and a deep sense of worthiness. One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is our presence. When we are truly present with our children—and they feel seen and heard—this experience of relationship helps them feel both connected to others out in the world and to life itself.
Helping our children understand themselves as unique expressions of the Divine encourages them to honor and respect themselves and others. God is good and so are we. Young people thrive when they know they are loved and accepted for who they are, and they feel comfortable expressing their thoughts. Create conversations in which even very young children are able to speak freely about emotions, feelings, actions, consequences, and more.
Using affirmations and positive self-talk can help young people develop self-confidence. Words are so important, so be mindful of how you speak to a child. Steer them toward choosing words that empower them and others. We want them to know their worth is not dependent on achievements in comparison to others. Encouraging children to identify their strengths helps them learn to trust themselves. Choosing kindness speaks to our inherent worth as children of the Divine.
Meditation, breathing, or mindfulness exercises give our children tools to access their inner wisdom. Letting children know they can always get quiet to tune in to this “inner GPS” for guidance will help them feel connected to something bigger than themselves. Keep in mind they are always watching and absorbing what you do, how you act and react. Lead by example so everyone in your family or group can be their best and brightest selves.
Great resources are Shefali Tsabary’s books on conscious parenting and The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids by Sarah Mackenzie.
A Prayer for Confidence and Worthiness in All Children
We know there is only one Source. God is everywhere, and we are a part of God’s infinite love, light, and energy. We quiet our minds and tune in to our inner wisdom, knowing it is always available to guide us as we raise—and praise—our children. Tuned in, we ask that our children be guided to listen to their own inner wisdom, know their inherent worth as children of God, and stand confidently in that awareness. May they have the strength, confidence, and courage to be their best and brightest selves. We are grateful that our children and our family continue to be a shining example of God’s grace, love, and goodness.
A Shared Family Prayer
In our family, we know that each one of us has value. We are worthy because we are one-of-a-kind expressions of God, each with different strengths and qualities. Our ideas and feelings are important. God is good and so are we; we are part of the love and light of God. We listen for our inner guidance and go into the world confident that we can contribute to the good of all.