Confidence

Francine - posted on 04/15/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Hi Moms,



My 6 year old son is an amazing little boy and is very confident. Once he learns to do something he likes to verbalize that he can do it and that he's good at it. He has just started baseball and absolutely loves it. When he's out on the field, he shouts out "I'm good at baseball" or "I'm a good baseball player" and my husband and I have noticed no other child does this and the other kids seem to look at him funny. I don't want to stop his enthusiasm or break his confidence. Any advice on what we should do?



Thank you,

Francine

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Francine - posted on 04/20/2010

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OMG! From the mouths of babes!! Thanks Kelly for sharing it definately gave me a good laugh.

Kimrose - posted on 04/20/2010

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Ha, Ha Kelly - Thanks for the laugh! :) LOVE the things they come out with that sound "fine" in their minds :)

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I think he sounds awesome! It sounds like you were concerned about the other kids and parents not liking the boasts of his confidence. I would encourage him to yell great things about his whole team as well as himself. Like "I have a great baseball team" or " Our team is really good at Baseball" etc. I think it would make the other kids and parents feel great!



Btw, my son just started Coaches Pitch Baseball, and I've heard some pretty off the wall things yelled from that little field! --My personal fave: Preston's mommy was late for the game, and another mom had brought him. He saw her climb onto the bleachers from his post at 3rd base and yelled at the top of his extraordinarily strong little lungs "Hey Mom!! I'm glad you decided to wear clothes!!"

Francine - posted on 04/20/2010

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Thanks JuLeah. You're right about that page in his book. He is very proud and confident in most everything he does. When we try and show him how to do something he always tells us he already knows how and is good at it. He's an amazing little boy and I'm not lookinig forward to the teen years when things change.

JuLeah - posted on 04/19/2010

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I love it when you say to a little one, "You are so cute" and they say, "Yah, I am"

By age 13, they don't do that any more. I say we could all do to take a page out of your son's book.

Francine - posted on 04/19/2010

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Thanks Jacqueline. He certainly keeps us laughing all day long. I appreciate the advice. I'll let you know how it goes.

Ms Jacqueline - posted on 04/17/2010

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Okay this is a good one. I love your little boy and the way he feels about himself this confidence will make sure he is a success and also get him into a few scuffles if he isn't careful. 6 is a beautiful age and he is coming into himself, whatever you do don't put his fire out. Let him know that it is a blessing to be good and he should share his talent with others. Good or great players, readers, etc like to share their gift ask him to find someone who would like to be as good as him as let him share. Now when it comes to the shouting his greatness aloud I'm rolling on the floor laughing ;-) that's too cute. One day when he is out with you just do the same. You know you are together and you feel comfortable, this is not to embarass him, but to give him a taste of his own medicine.(when he gets around family, friend, school buddies, neighbors etc I want you and dad to shout out how good parents you are for raising him, dad say for what ever dad does for him and my favorite I'm a good mommy because I carried you for 9 months :-) hope this helps

Francine - posted on 04/17/2010

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Thanks Kimrose, I appreciate your comments so much. Yes he is an amazing, confident and intelligent little boy. But I guess not having any others to compare to I worry. We try out best to always give him great feedback ever since he was little. We always tell him he's good at what he does and to keep trying. We try so hard to keep the negativity away from him and always tell him there is no such thing as "can't" just "can" if you try your best. I'm glad your son is the same way. Way to go for both of them. I'm sure it will take them both far in life. :)

Kimrose - posted on 04/16/2010

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Francine - I'm with Lyndsay and would say "REJOICE" in his confidence!! My son says almost exactly the same - "I am really good at that ya' know!" and is similarly bright, social, etc. If it was negative in any way then I'd feel the opposite - but as it stands - I'm thrilled that in a world where kids can get easily brought down, ours are starting out so high :)

Lyndsay - posted on 04/15/2010

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Encourage it! I think its amazing that your son has such a good self-image.

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