Confidence is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their child.

Carl Pickhardt, a psychologist and author of 15 parenting books, says a kid who lacks confidence will be reluctant to try new or challenging things because they’re scared of failing or disappointing others.

This can end up holding them back later in life and prevent them from having a successful career.

He says “the enemies of confidence are discouragement and fear,” so, as a parent, it’s your job to encourage and support your child as they attempt to tackle difficult tasks.

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