Build confident kids through challenge

Mom and dad at son's graduation

Encourage children to challenge themselves as they grow and learn, and celebrate milestones and successes.

  • Create a family celebration for all milestones and successes, eg a special meal, with speeches
  • Establish a ‘no put down’ rule about all things
  • Encourage reasonable risk
  • During discipline, show them you believe in them, eg. “this isn’t like you” or “you’re better than that”

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Break the cycle of a poor role model

You don’t have to be like your dad. If he was never a good role model to you while growing up, break the cycle!

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Learn about parenting

Take the opportunity to read books and websites, listen to talks and discuss fathering (and, more generally, parenting) with others.