Be present for your child
Children need to feel as though they are loved unconditionally. It is not enough to simply be in the same room with your child; you must engage them in activity, use eye contact, and let them be the focus. It is often difficult to leave work at work, or not to let your mind wander a little after the 50th reading of Horton Hears a Who, but giving your child undivided attention will benefit them greatly in the long run.
Lead by example
Children notice your moods. If you do not appear self confident, chances are they will not either. If you are not a very self-confident type of person, this is a great opportunity to broaden your horizons.
Let your child experiment with activities and abilities so that he might find something that he truly enjoys. This will translate into greater self-confidence as he gets older and that confidence may trickle into other areas of his life.
Give him one-on-one time
Kids need to feel that they are valued, and doing something special with mom or dad—even if it’s just running errands together—will make them feel loved and accepted.
Find an emotional balance
Bottling up emotions will do nothing to nurture healthy self-esteem, and neither will seemingly crying at the drop of a hat. If we are willing to talk calmly with our children about what they are feeling, then our children will learn to properly express their emotions. This will lead to a healthy dose of self-confidence.