Self-belief and Your Child’s Creative Writing

Self-belief and Your Child’s Creative Writing

What is self-belief?

The Cambridge Dictionary defines self-belief as ‘trust in your own abilities’.

Knowing you can achieve something even when it’s difficult and when others doubt it’s even possible is the hallmark of self-belief. It’s quite normal for your child’s self-belief to be tested from time to time but nurturing their ability to believe in themselves will no doubt prove advantageous in their school life.

Self-belief and Creative Writing

It’s no surprise that children who believe in their abilities do well. However, sometimes children may feel they excel in one subject, such as maths and not so well in English. This discrepancy can cause some children to question their self-belief – can I do well? Do I have what it takes? Will I ever improve?

When self-doubt takes over it can skew children’s self-perceptions negatively. Whereas, possessing self-belief has the opposite effect, it encourages children to try harder because they believe they have what it takes to achieve success with their writing.

A Mini Self-belief Exercise

Use a picture of an animal or human doing something extraordinary. Discuss what’s happening in the picture and ask your child ‘do you think if they didn’t have self-belief could they have still achieved what they did?' Discuss the meaning of self-belief and what it means to you and your child.  

5 Ways to Increase Your Child’s Self-belief

1.)  Tell your child they are capable of anything they set their mind to achieve.

2.) Teach your child to be kind to themselves especially when school work feels tough. Children have a natural tendency to compare themselves with their peer group so try to remind your child that everyone is individual with their own strengths, talents and weaknesses and how everyone is work in progress!

3.)  Praise your child’s efforts in a genuine way for work they find easy and hard. Praising their effort will increase their confidence and will help instil the belief that hard work is necessary even for subjects they find easy.

4.) Acknowledge your child’s big wins. Show your child you are proud of their efforts by reminding them how far they’ve come and how much progress they’ve made – it’s all to easy to forget, so taking the time to remind them of their progress is a powerful learning tool.

5.) Let your child know you're there for them if they need, but give them space to try things out for themselves, make mistakes and learn independently. This will give them the personal strength they need to help them overcome hurdles in their learning.  

A Creative Writing Tutor Can Elevate your Child’s Self-belief

  • Having a tutor who is a supportive and inspiring role-model for your child will help them to develop their sense of self-belief.
  • Having the individual attention of a private tutor who knows how your child ‘ticks’ will spur on your child’s enthusiasm for learning.
  • When your child has a rapport with their private tutor, they will feel comfortable in discussing what they find difficult so they’ll benefit from new    strategies and the encouragement to give things a go. Unpicking the difficult parts and learning how to overcome them is a key part of                  developing inner self-belief.

Posted on June 22nd 2022

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