How to Build Confidence in Your Child

Building confidence in children is difficult if you have not built it within yourself. Standing up for oneself and being confident in one’s opinions makes you a good role model for your child as he or she builds those same skills.

Several strategies can help your child build confidence. Being confident yourself, avoiding raising your child with illusions, allowing your child to make choices, and teaching him or her to evaluate situations rationally can all build confidence that your child can take into every part of his or her life.

Children copy our actions as they learn about the world. If you can confidently handle difficult social situations, your child will watch and learn to do so as well. If you are unhappy and uncertain, your child may be as well.

How to Build Confidence in Your Child

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What happened to Rey?

Hasbro has recently been called to task for excluding Rey from a special Star Wars: The Force Awakens edition of Monopoly. Nolan Rampy uses this exclusion as a jumping off point for examining gender stereotypes and toys. Rampy’s article includes interviews with John Marcotte, founder of the nonprofit Heroic Girls, and The Mary Sue contributor Laura Stoltzfus-Brown regarding the exclusion of women characters like Rey and the Marvel universe’s Black Widow.

The article also includes a brief history of gendered toy marketing from the 1960 and 70s to the present. During the 70s advertising towards children was tightly regulated and toys were largely gender-neutral. These regulations were struck down in the 1980s, which had a particularly strong impact on television advertising to children. In addition to this history Rampy explores gendered marketing by Disney. Rampy concludes by arguing that changes in marketing occur in response to consumer buying patterns.

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Hormones Explain Why Girls Like Dolls & Boys Like Trucks

Even when offered the choice of playing with either a doll or a toy truck, girls will typically pick the doll and boys will opt for the truck. This isn’t just because society encourages girls to be nurturing and boys to be active, as people once thought. In experiments, male adolescent monkeys also prefer to […]

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