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Navigating “The 7 Cs of Parenting”: 1) Confidence

Young people gain confidence when they can demonstrate their competence in real-life activities.  Their abilities are rooted in experience.  When children experience the results of making healthy decisions with safe, positive outcomes, they feel secure in their own competence.  They learn to cope when they are faced with difficult decisions and life’s challenges.

Every child has to build their confidence by building competence as they try new activities and embark on new adventures.  Children build confidence every time they make a sound choice that leads to the desired results.

When a child is encouraged to have the personal qualities of fairness, integrity, kindness and compassion, rather than just focusing on their achievements, they are likely to see the best in themselves and others.  Children need to be encouraged to meet realistic goals instead of being held to unrealistic, high expectations.

Catching your child “doing something good,” without being asked, helps build their self confidence.

The 7 C's of Resilience

The 7 C’s of Resilience

Download a PDF on Fostering Confidence HERE.

To be continued…

NOTE:  In “Fostering Resilience,” The authors name the seven qualities of highly resilient youth.  The 7 Cs of parenting were adapted from The Positive Youth Development movement.  Rick Little and his colleagues at the International Youth Foundation over the course of their research founded “The 7 Cs:  The essential Building Blocks of Resilience For Parents.

Linda Johnson

Linda is a former Program Assistant and Staff Writer for Rainier Community Cares

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