Class Type: School Skills
City: San Jose
Confidence is a belief in your ability to master your body, behavior, and the challenges you encounter in the larger world. Children who are confident are eager to learn new skills and face new challenges. They also expect adults to be helpful and supportive of their efforts. Confidence is clearly a key ingredient for school success. How does self-confidence develop? Babies are born with no real sense of themselves as separate and distinct beings. They learn who they are, primarily through their interactions and experiences with others. Primary caregivers—parents, relatives, caregivers, and teachers—reflect back to children their unique strengths and special attributes. In large part, a child’s sense of confidence is shaped and nurtured (or not) by those who care for him.