1. Teach them about having gratitude.
One of the biggest differences between cocky and confident is having gratitude. When your child has a mindset of being grateful for what he has, it can lead to increased confidence. When it’s a talent in something like academics, music, or sports, spend time helping him improve his skill with positive reinforcement. Talents are gifts, and working hard to enhance them will pay off. Cultivate your child’s confidence by reminding him about being grateful for the talent he has.
2. Teach them about controlling their emotions.
This is easier said than done, especially when your child is going through changes in life. If you have kids in junior high, you know what I mean. Teaching them how to control their emotions is huge in their personal development. It seems like everything is a big deal to your kid. Talk to her about having perspective and about how sometimes, you get disappointed. Failing at something builds character and gives your child the opportunity to try again. Cocky kids fly off the handle and tend to make excuses. Confident kids look forward to the opportunity to try again.
3. Teach them about humility.
Social media has given people a platform like never before and the constant self-promotion that your child is subjected to can build a sense of arrogance. Teach him about humility at a young age and that actions can speak louder than words. When he scores his next touchdown, encourage him to just hand the ball to the official instead of doing a crazy celebration. Confident kids act like they’ve done it before and expect to do it again.