Confidence

Nurturing Healthy Self Esteem in Children

Confidence is a social emotional skill and can be nurtured, practiced, and learned. It helps children feel secure, capable and high-achieving. A University of Melbourne study showed a definite, positive correlation between belief in oneself and success or achievement. Confident children grow up to become successful adults, empowered to face life’s challenges and achieve their most lofty goals.

Preview of the foundational skills we teach

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COLLABORATION

Determine who is available and compatible

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SOCIAL INITIATION

Overcome shyness and social anxiety. Find friends with similar interests and values.

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PERSEVERENCE

Positively initiate a conversation with a group after being rejected

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PARTICIPATION

Ask to join a game already in progress. Be flexible when things change. 

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ETIQUETTE

Interrupt and leave a conversation appropriately

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INDEPENDENCE

Decide whether to play with a group, another peer, or by yourself

What kind of life do you envision for your child? Whether it’s happiness, affluence, or academic achievement, self-confidence will be integral.

"You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind. "
-Dale Carnegie

Studies show that primary school children who were confident performed better at school and bagged academic achievements regardless of their age, cognitive ability, and gender. Like Rome, confidence isn’t built in a day. It requires a nurturing environment, the right training, and consistent practice and encouragement. curaFUN games and comics employ a scientifically based and systematic approach to building confidence starting with guided practice with professional feedback in social initiation, peer interaction, and confronting bullies.

The World Belongs To Those Who Believe In Themselves!

Social Skill

Successful People Have One Thing in Common: High Self-Confidence

But how does one develop strong self confidence?
As a society, we chase after self-confidence and try to promote it in children by giving out participation awards in the fear of leaving any child feeling left out. But do abundant encouragement and praise result in higher self confidence?

In a recent study, children who had a positive but inaccurate perception of their performance were more susceptible to being depressed than those who had a more realistic rating of their performance. Undeserved praise can lead to a flawed portrayal of oneself, which may eventually lead to poor self-esteem. Rather than dishing out unwarranted or unmerited praise, parents can encourage children by urging them to stretch and grow, trying new things and challenging themselves often.

Confidence nears the top of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The need for respect, esteem and confidence, is a requirement for all well-functioning human beings. When your child’s basic needs for survival are met, giving them opportunities to feel justly praised, recognized, and competent helps facilitate healthy development.

Every parent wants the best for their children, and confidence is at the core. We have taken the mystery out of building confidence by developing programs that work and re-invented them in interactive games and comics to eliminate the struggle.

There is no trait that replaces confidence in children and adults. That is, if your child communicates well and demonstrates self-discipline and empathy, he will still need to develop his self-confidence in order to achieve success. At curaFUN, we help parents raise confident children who trust themselves, are comfortable in their own skin, and aren’t afraid to go for their goals, starting from social initiation.

How confident are you?

 

 

How to support your shy child

How to support your shy child

If you're a parent of a shy child, you may at times find yourself worrying about whether your child will struggle to make friends or miss out on opportunities due to their timid nature. But although society places a great deal of importance on being outgoing, many successful people throughout history were notoriously shy, from Agatha Christie to Albert Einstein. Unsurprisingly, the highest levels of shyness seem to occur in adolescents, and while some children do grow out of it, shyness is actually incredibly common among adults too. Survey results vary, but somewhere between 40 and 60 per cent of adults report being shy. So what exactly is shyness and why do some of us find the prospect of making small talk or mingling with a roomful of strangers so daunting? Shyness vs social anxiety According to Professor Ron Rapee, founding director of the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University, some shyness is perfectly normal. "All anxiety varies across the population, from low to high," he says. "We all have different levels of shyness and that's perfectly ok until it starts to affect a person's life." He notes that shyness simply reflects differences in people's worries about what others think, and their willingness to stand out from the crowd. At very high levels, extreme shyness can start to impact the quality of a person's life. "Highly shy people can sometimes find it hard to make friends or get ahead in their career. They may be frequently rejected or [...] Read the rest of the article at education.abc.net.au ... Read More
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Are You Taking Care of this Important Relationship?

What comes to mind when you hear the word “relationship?” For most people, this word brings up images of couples, families, or friends interacting with each other. That makes sense, considering relationships with other people are a big, and extremely important part of our lives and our well-being. However, I believe that there is one relationship that is quite important for our well-being but doesn’t get as much attention: our relationships with ourselves. You Can’t Get Away from Yourself Think about this for a moment: would you say you treat yourself with the same love, kindness, and respect as you treat a close friend or a loved one in your life? According to researcher Kristin Neff, most people tend to be much harder on themselves than they are on others. Imagine being with a friend The challenge we often run into is this: while it is easier to select the kind of people we want to spend time with and avoid the ones we don’t, we are bound to ourselves. So, while you may choose to spend time with a friend who is kind and fun and avoid the one who can’t stop complaining about everything that’s wrong with her life, you can’t get out of spending time with yourself. Now, even though you may temporarily escape yourself by binge-watching Netflix or drowning yourself in alcohol or something else, deep down, you know that that’s not the best way to live. It might serve you better to learn how to be a better friend to yourself, to become someone you don’t need to escape from. How to Be a Better Friend to Yourself How might you do that? While there are numerous ways to develop a healthier relationship with yourself, one simple way is to follow what Dr. John Gottman refers to as a magic ratio that makes love last. In his extensive research on romantic relationships, Dr. Gottman has found that a 5:1 ratio between positive and negative interactions between couples is a strong predictor of whether the couple will stay together. In other words, couples end up staying together if, on an ongoing basis, for each argument or negative interaction they have with each other, they have at least 5 pleasant or positive interactions. Now reflect on this for your own relationship with yourself. What is the ratio of positive to negative interactions you have with yourself? ... Read More
How Writing Competitions Help Children Grow

How Writing Competitions Help Children Grow

Writing competitions are important in helping your child grow and develop not only emotionally, but also mentally. Known to create a safe and healthy environment for children to channel their creative ideas, their energy and develop better writing skills. Here’s why writing competitions are so important for children. Competitions Discipline Children Writing competitions encourage discipline in children. To win a prize, they must submit a finished story by the deadline, and the best story wins. This means that children will not only write their story, but they'll also put a lot of effort into it. It'll teach them the importance of writing first drafts, checking, editing, and rechecking. Creative writing competitions also require the creation of dramatic plots, characters, and settings. Coming up with original ideas requires a lot of effort, encouraging discipline and self-restraint. Discipline and perseverance is an important skill to develop for future success in academic and other fields of life. Learning self-restraint also allows children to choose and stick with the tasks at hand, giving them the power to overcome demotivation, laziness, and procrastination. Competitions Encourage Writing Writing is good for the soul. Writing teaches children to observe their surroundings, making them more and improving their discernment skills. Writing allows children to flex their creative muscles, coming up with solutions and being able to organize their thoughts in a cohesive manner. Children who have a healthy channel through which they can express their feelings are more emotionally intelligent, empathetic, and have fewer behavioral problems. It Builds Confidence Writing competitions help increase your child’s confidence by providing them an outlet to channel their hard work into. These competitions create a safe and supportive environment for your child to channel their feelings and express themselves. They also encourage their problem-solving, creative thinking, and analysis skills. With improved confidence, your kids will be able to enjoy not only a better relationship with themselves but also with those around them. Children who have more confidence find it easier to make new friends are happier, and even perform better in academics. It Challenges Them Writing competitions are competitions after all. Children benefit from trying out new activities and participating in things that are able to challenge them. This teaches them the spirit of good sportsmanship, shows them the importance of putting in the effort, allowing them to grow and develop emotionally. Are you looking for a good writing competition to encourage ... Read More

Confidencee

There once was a time where I felt uncertain about how I would do school in this quarantine or, play with my friends. But than I read a story and it said,''Have confidencee yes, with 2 E's.'' I couldn't believe it than it said,''If you have 2 E's it's better than 1.'' I really likes this story so I decided to have confidencee with 2 E's because 2 E's is better than 1. So then I went online to my school call and yes I had confidencee that I could make it the best year ever. You can be a superhero just by simply just washing your hands, staying 6 feet and I know that one's hard, or just simply wearing a mask because your not just saving yourself but your saving everyone around you. And also remember 2 E's are better that 1 ... Read More
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