Self-confidence is one of the most important qualities we can instill in our children. Kids who feel sure of themselves are happier, more independent, and more likely to succeed. So it's no wonder that child-development experts have long offered parents a steady stream of suggestions on how to raise confident kids.
But now some of the conventional wisdom is being reconsidered. My own research, as well as that of other child psychologists, suggests that promoting self-confidence is a more complex and nuanced process than we originally thought. Here, a look at the old ways of thinking and the newer, more enlightened approach.
Copyright© 2004. Reprinted with permission from the June 2004 issue of Parents magazine.