Ah, yes. Another drawing your child is so proud of, only… what is it? A horse? An alien? Parents, I’ve been there. We all have. Even if your child’s project is a bit of a - how do I say this nicely? - hot mess, there are plenty of supportive and constructive things you can say to boost their confidence and encourage them to continue creating. Here are a few:
Whether or not it looks good doesn’t matter. Your child still put effort into their project, and the best thing you can do is acknowledge that hard work. Doing so will validate them and increase their desire to work hard again.
Try to avoid criticism. Instead, focus on your child’s strengths. Allow them to express pride in their work and maybe share your favorite part as well.
Let your child tell you about their creative process. Think of it as the grand villain-reveals-all speech at the end of the movie, only much cuter. People love to talk about their work. Any artist, scientist, or engineer will tell you the same. And a lot of times the journey is far more satisfying and important than the finished product.
Children will gravitate towards activities that they love doing. Again, don’t worry if you don’t think they’re good at it. If they find it fun, they will keep at it. With a little practice and positive reinforcement, they will get better as they keep trying.
The takeaway: a confident child can do anything. I hope these conversation points will encourage your child to take pride in their efforts and inspire more creativity. They will make mistakes. But they will never fail if they don’t give up. Give them the tools and encouragement they need, and you’ll be amazed at what they can do.
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