Your child has just arrived at school after the Christmas holidays and is bracing herself/himself for a huge decision: where to sit during lunch? They will wonder who their friends will be this year and what to do if they need to find them in a crowd. It’s stressful and exciting at the same time.
It takes a lot of confidence to be a child.
Children are regularly faced with uncertainties and challenges that they have to navigate. As a parent, you want to give your child that can-do attitude so that they are ready to embrace all of life’s opportunities. Children that believe in themselves have an easier time making new friends as well as handling difficult situations.
Children develop confidence not because their parents tell them how wonderful they are (although this does help), but because of their own achievements. When your child achieves something, even if it is brushing their own teeth, they get a sense of themselves as capable which makes them feel confident.
There’s no denying that jumping castles are always a great hit at birthday parties. But there is much more to that inflatable house of fun than you may think. In fact, jumping castles go a long way to boosting your child’s confidence and self-esteem.
Sounds like an interesting idea right?
Let’s have a look at the 4 ways a jumping castle can improve your child’s confidence.
1. They learn how to share
Sharing is a vital life skill as it will help your child make friends and play cooperatively. A jumping castle will teach your child the importance of sharing as he or she will quickly understand that having fun means sharing the castle with other children. Your child will associate sharing with enjoyment which will make it easier for him or her to adopt the idea.
Not to mention that the other children will be much more receptive to your child if he or she is sharing nicely. This in turn will make it easier to build new friendships which leads me onto my next point.
2. They will make new friends
Making friends will give your child a wonderful sense of purpose and self-worth. Friendship is a crucial confidence builder and is a necessity for healthy psychological development. Children that have friends end up having a better self-esteem and fewer social problems as adults. On the other hand, children with friendship problems are more likely to feel lonely, to have problems adjusting to school, and to be bullied by other children.
The openness of a jumping castle encourages children to connect with each other and bond over the mutual enjoyment that they are experiencing. It gives children an easy reason to start talking to and playing with each other which can lead to friendships and increased self-confidence.
3. They learn cooperation
Jumping castles will quickly teach your child the importance of cooperation. By sharing the jumping space, your child will learn the importance of giving and taking. They will soon realise that their need to jump on the castle is matched by the other children’s needs and that having fun is a joint effort.
Your child will also learn to take turns which is an incredibly important social skill as it teaches respect. Geoffrey Giraffe is designed to teach your child to cooperate as he has a slide down the front which naturally encourages children to take turns.
4. It encourages them to take on a challenge
Jumping castles give your child all kinds of opportunities to explore their abilities. By bouncing high or jumping far, they are inadvertently becoming more aware of what they are capable of. The games that children play on jumping castles will give your child a mental or physical challenge which they will need to deal with.
When your child overcomes a challenge, he or she will feel confident and good about themselves and believe themselves to be capable.
Jumping castles give your child a healthy and safe environment to build up their confidence through friendship, sharing and respect. These values will stand them in good stead throughout their lives.
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