Self-confidence is the belief in one's abilities. While children gain self-confidence from experiencing success in various areas such as academic, athletic, artistic or social achievements, the first place that children learn to believe in themselves is at home. Parents have a critical role in helping children develop self-confidence and there are many things you can do to help.
First, it's important to be aware of signs of low self-confidence. If you notice that your child exhibits the following behaviors, this may be an indicator that they have low self-confidence:
Avoids a task or challenge without even trying. This often signals a fear of failure or a sense of helplessness.
Quits soon after beginning a game or a task, giving up at the first sign of frustration.
Makes excuses ("The teacher is dumb") or downplays the importance of events ("I don't really like that game anyway").
Makes self-critical comments, such as "I never do anything right," "Nobody likes me," or "I'm ugly."
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Self-confidence is the belief in one's abilities. While children gain self-confidence from experiencing success in various areas such as academic, athletic, artistic or social achievements, the first place that children learn to believe in themselves is at home. Parents have a critical role in helping children develop self-confidence and there are many things you can do to help.Read More »from Talking and Teaching About Self-Confidence
From the icky bugs who make you wonder to the secrets of your body's grossest functions - check out whyzz.com's amazing facts for young kids about everything grossly cool! (And don't forget to click each fact for more info all about it!)
Gross Crawling Critters
Animal SurprisesRead More »from Top 20 Gross Facts for Kids!
- Whyzz | Parenting – Fri, Sep 9, 2011 7:53 PM EDT
Every fall, the anniversary of September 11 th presents families with a subject that can be difficult to explain, discuss, and observe. How can we teach our children about the events of that day without frightening or overwhelming them? What are some ways to remember and honor the lives that were lost?
We here at whyzz have been so greatly encouraged by the wonderful resources we've found on this topic, from talking points for parents geared towards the age of their child, to educational resources to use in the classroom. Here are some of the websites and articles we can recommend:
The NYU Child Study Center has a section of materials for "The Day Our World Changed: The Anniversary of 9/11." Parents and caregivers can download a guide developed specifically for preparing for the anniversary of the attacks. It includes help for parents to talk to their children (regardless of age) as well as a special section specific to those who lost a loved one.
The Children of SeptemberRead More »from Resources for Talking to Kids About September 11th
Help your young kids kick off the school year with some great read-aloud Q&A about friendship! From the importance of friends to the meaning of kindness to the power of respect - join in and learn all about it!
When you think of a friend, what are some of the things you think of? A person you can trust? A person you get along with really well? Someone who has the same hobbies or sense of humor as you do?
A friend is any person who fits these descriptions, as well as many others. It's important to have friends because it's important to have a "support system" of people you can depend on. When we think of "friends" we often think of people we aren't related to, like a kid you know from school or from the house next door. But friends can definitely also include your relatives like siblings, cousins, or even parents! - The neat thing about friends is that they come in lots of shapes and sizes, and there's no limit on how many you can have!
SomeRead More »from 5 Friendship Q & A for Back to School
Bugs are among the tiniest creatures we can see, and yet, they also have some of the most amazing and fascinating features around. Use these read-aloud Q&As with your young kids to learn some awesome new things about our squirming, crawling, flying friends!
Have you ever been trying to shoo a pesky fly out the window, only to have it land upside down on your ceiling, where you can't reach? How do flies stay stuck upside down like that?!
The reason a fly is able to land upside down on a ceiling or sideways on a wall is that flies have special sticky feet! These sticky feet have wide footpads that give them lots of sticking power, especially when all four feet are being used at once, which is what flies make sure to do. Their gluey footprints are also helped by tiny hairs on each foot that have a special shape which give them some sticky strength too.
If you're wondering how such a sticky-footed fly ever gets unstuck after itRead More »from Awesome Bug Q&A for Curious Kids!
Teaching young kids about how to eat right, get exercise, and stay healthy is one of the most important tools we can give them. This month, in association with Nourish Interactive, whyzz brings you Be Healthy, a special feature dedicated to learning all about it!
Join in and use these five great read-aloud Q&As with your little ones, to help them learn a few important lessons about nutrition and health!
What are nutrients?
"Nutrients" are the things that make up the healthfulness of food, like vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, and more! Nutrients are important because making sure to get your fill of the right ones helps you to grow and be healthy!!
The important thing with nutrients is that you can't have just some of them - you need balanced amounts of all the different types out there! To do that, make sure to eat the right number of daily servings from each food group such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and proteins.
Certain foodsRead More »from 5 Q&A for Talking to Kids About Healthy Eating
Get ready for the unofficial first day of summer! Use these read-aloud answers with your young kids to learn all about where Memorial Day comes from, and the what-why-how behind some of its most popular traditions.
Memorial Day is a U.S. holiday celebrated every year on the last Monday in May. It was originally called "Decoration Day" and it's meant to serve as a day to remember citizens who have passed away while serving in the military.
Especially in its earliest days, people spent Memorial Day by putting flags, flowers, or ribbons on the graves of war soldiers or by having parades. Today, many people still see the holiday as one of remembrance while also enjoying the day as part of a long weekend to spend with their families at the start of summer! Things like barbequing, beach trips, and picnics have all become popular Memorial Day activities!Read More »from Top 5 Memorial Day Q&A for Kids!
Get your kids ready to make smart decisions about money and form good habits about spending and saving from a young age! Use whyzz.com's read-aloud Q&As with your little ones to learn five important lessons about how money works.
We acquire the things we need (and when possible, the things we want) through the exchange of goods and services. Goods are items. Anything from a pencil to a computer to a box of spaghetti is a good. Services are things that people do. Driving a bus, mowing a lawn, being a doctor, working as a police officer - all of these jobs are types of services.
We trade goods and services to get the things we need and want. For example, a builder can construct a barn for a farmer, and in exchange receive the farmer's vegetables to eat; in this example a service (building a barn) is traded for a good (vegetables). Often, money is used to help in the exchange. Say the farmer needs a barn but the builder doesn't need anyRead More »from 5 Money Lessons for Kids
For many people, this Friday's Royal Wedding is like something out of a fairytale! If your young kids love everything related to princes and princesses, check out these read-aloud Q&As about real-life and storybook royalty!
In different places in the world throughout various times in history, there have been (and still are) Royal Families, meaning kings, queens, princes, princesses, and more. Sometimes, these Royal Families are the rulers of the country they live in, while other times, having a Royal Family is mostly just a symbol and elected officials rule the government.
Some of the places that currently have Royal Families include the United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, Lesotho, Swaziland, Japan, and Thailand! Read more…
Nobody knows how long members of royal families have used crowns, but theseRead More »from Royal Wedding Q&A for Kids!
Taking good care of our planet is a year-round job, but with Earth Day and Arbor Day falling in April, it's a great time to learn even more about what you can do. Use these read-aloud Q&A's with your young kids to get started!
1. What is the environment? - This is where it all begins! The environment refers to what is around you. It's the surroundings in which you live, such as the land, water, and air which affect you and the other living things in your area like plants and animals. Read more…
2. How does recycling work?- One of the easiest ways to make a difference: Recycle your glass, plastic, and paper. To recycle something means "to use it again." Usually, recycling refers to old or used products that are turned into new products, instead of being thrown away! Read more…
3. What is compost? - Did you know that Earth came with its very own recycling program? "Compost" refers to a type of natural recycling. All organic, natural materials have the ability to break downRead More »from 10 Great Green Questions!