Self-Esteem vs. Self-Confidence
In this episode, I share 3 key findings explaining why focusing on confidence is critical in preparing your child for a positive school experience.
First, understand that self-esteem is literally how favorably a person regards him or herself. High self-esteem can mean confident and secure–but it can also mean conceited, arrogant, narcissistic, and egotistical. Believing in yourself is the premise to understanding self-esteem.
Self-confidence is believing in your ability. This approach takes on more of a growth mindset, a term coined by researcher Carol Dweck, which means that we value what we’re doing regardless of the outcome. We learn to thrive on challenge, and don't see failure as a way to describe ourselves but as a springboard for growth and developing our abilities. A growth mindset is an approach to life in which an individual believes that their talents, intelligence, and abilities can be motivating.
Find out what the correlation is between self-esteem and academic performance and why it may be more important to improve a child’s self-confidence if we want to see improvements in achievement.
Resources Mentioned In this Episode:
Parent I.M.P.A.C.T. Program - helping parents of children with mild learning difficulties improve self-confidence, so that their child is happier and motivate to learn.
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