Helping your foster child to develop genuine confidence and self-esteem is one of the most valuable gifts you can share with them. A child with inner strength and a positive self-image is better equipped to face life’s challenges and grow up to be a happy and responsible adult. Here are 5 things you can do to help them on their journey.
Provide a Great Role Model
You’ve probably noticed that kids pay more attention to your actions than your words. You need to lead by example. If you sincerely value yourself and advocate for your needs, your foster child will benefit from your experience.
Think Positive Thoughts
Look on the bright side and try to make the best out of any situation. An optimistic attitude is contagious so your foster child will probably be more cheerful too.
Act Like a Coach
Children need to do things for themselves in order to learn. As much as you want to protect them, it’s better to provide support rather than trying to control every situation. Create the conditions that will help them make smart decisions about their health, relationships, and academic success.
Give Praise for Effort
Let your foster child know that you love and accept them just the way they are. Children feel more secure when they know they are valued for themselves instead of their ability to meet certain conditions. Help your foster child to work towards realistic goals and reward them for trying.
Serving others is one of the best ways to feel good about yourself. Help your foster child to experience the rewards of giving by sharing their toys or doing volunteer work.
Learn More About Building a Foster Child’s Confidence and Self-Esteem
If you live in Texas and you’re thinking about becoming a foster parent, contact us. At 2INgage, we serve children and families in the 30 counties of Texas Region 2.