Nobody wants their child to be an over confident cocky brat, but every parent wants their child to hold a healthy level of confidence. When I was a kid, I had no problems with public speaking and even won 'best speaker of the school' once upon a time, but as I got older and life shared all its trials, tribulations and experiences with me, I lost that confidence somewhere along the line…
I have found a comfortable niche of confidence within my social and work sphere but - remove me from that, and place me in unknown territory and I completely retreat. The funny thing however, is that 99% of people that meet me, would never say that I lack self confidence. I am loud. I am opinionated and I generally always have something to say.
The fact of the matter is - people are very good at ‘misreading’ people! True story!
I see a lot of the same attributes in my little boy. He too is very talkative, energetic and opinionated and almost nobody would guess or even believe what the other side of his precious little coin looks like.
As much as he is all of the above, he is equally if not more so – very emotionally driven, sensitive and acutely aware of what people think of him. As his mother, I see so much of me – in him - and I know how much I still sit and think about all the things I would love to have done or have been in my life, yet backed away because of circumstance and lack of confidence.
Now don’t get me wrong – I am not one of those mothers that are obsessed with molding their child into 'their perfect vision' or attempting to live vicariously through them, but I would like to assist my little man to embrace confidence. I would like him to have a healthy, respectful love for who he is, thus enabling him to conquer the challenges he faces with a good spirit.
Jude is a very healthy, active and social little individual, but nobody knows their child better than mom and I watch him, I see him, and as the years have passed us, I have noticed that he generally shy’s away from anything that is outside of his social comfort zone… even if he actually, REALLY, REEEAAALLLY wants to do it. Without putting pressure on him, I would love nothing more than for him to overcome that little bit of insecurity.
Jude, much like every other child, loves his technology and he follows a channel on Youtube called “Ryans Toy Review”. He absolutely LOVES it and I believe that this is what sparked his inspiration.
At school, Jude attends Science Club as one of his extra murals and after his first class, he came home and insisted that we repeat the first experiment on the weekend. – So we did and mom filmed it. The video was literally a few seconds long and he had no idea that I was going to film him, but when he had finished the expirment and I showed him the video, he instantly declared “mommy we need to upload that to my YouTube channel!” – (I love how he just assumed he had a YouTube channel randomly floating around somewhere on the interwebs..haha) – so, yes… mom created a YouTube channel for him, and upload the video I did.
He was ecstatic and couldn’t wait for us to upload his NEXT video!
Needless to say, and much like many euphoric moments, they can often be followed by disappointment or frustration. The various attempts and ideas following that impromptu video were somehow not quite as ‘grand’ as the initial video – well not to his mind at any rate. And so, all went quiet for a week or so…
Then Friday evening arrived and Jude spontaneously came down stairs announcing that he wanted to do a magic show for me. Thrilled of course (hehe), I sat down to enjoy the show and asked if he would like me to film it. He agreed – and it was a roaring success!
I decided to surprise him the next morning with a fun, edited version of the video. He was over the moon! (No judging please – I am a graphic designer by trade, not a video editor)
Irrespective… The joy on his little face when he saw that video gave me ALL the warm and fuzzies…
Whilst he still gets nervous in front of the camera, doubts himself, flinches and questions whether he REALLY CAN do this or not… he has done it – and he KNOWS he has! - Which surely offers him a great sense of achievement.
Needless to say, he wanted to do it again – the very next day! Except this time… he wanted us to make a cake and film it… and so bake a cake we did :)
So – in the spirit of gradual and fun confidence building… I would like to share my little man’s latest channel video with you.
Please show it some love… he really has earned it, but besides that (and the amateur editing skills from mom) – it actually is a pretty cool video! Hehe!
Until next time… Welcome to Jude's Journal :) (proud mommy moment!)
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