By Coach Chris Beacom, M. Ed.

Regardless of the endeavor, confidence is a by-product of success.  Hitting a baseball … or a high note … or the bullseye … each requires a fair amount of practice to gain competence ultimately leading to a sense of confidence.

To help our children develop into confident souls who have a high regard for self, takes non-stop commitment from parents.  One simple way to foster a sense of self-confidence in our children is to encourage them to find their passion and pursue it by immersing themselves in “it” and practicing “it” consistently.

If we listen to our children and allow them to steer the ship occasionally, I think we’ll see what truly interests them and what they want to spend their time doing/practicing.  Eventually this practice will lead to improved competence and (fingers crossed) a more self-confident young person.