Learning - Life Skills | 6-12 yrs

Let Your Child Be Assertive


Being assertive is a skill you should let your child possess. Because, not only would it mould him into a confident young individual, but it would also help him become a great leader. Let us take the case of the former captain of the Indian cricket team, Saurav Ganguly, as an example. During his days as the captain, Saurav Ganguly was known for his aggressive and assertive style of leadership, which literally shaped the future of Indian cricket. The former Australian captain, Steve Waugh, in an interview given to a leading daily stated, “He’s very competitive and knows what he wants. He has developed toughness in character and that is what is needed for Indian cricket. Ganguly has proved to be one of the best captains. He has now acquired great leadership qualities."

As parents, being assertive is an essential leadership quality that we want to see in our children. After all, it is one of the most important attributes to be successful in life. But parents should understand that each child is different from the other. While some are bold and assertive, and show natural leadership qualities, some are shy and timid. Yet it is possible to transform a shy and timid child into an assertive person through simple ways. You can begin by working on your child’s confidence. You can also help your child become assertive by encouraging him to participate in debates and group discussions, and enrolling him in coaching classes. According to Healthy Minds Happy Kids, “It’s important for children to believe in themselves and feel confident in their choices. It’s also important for them to experience working through challenges and to learn to ask for help.”

To know more about the different ways in which you can help your child become assertive, flip through the pages of this ClipBook. 


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