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My Child’s Lost His Confidence: What Should I Do?

I Think My Child’s Lost His Confidence

It’s hard to believe that my child’s lost his confidence because he’s always been such a daredevil. He has always had little fear over anything and at times he’d have me squirming in my seat at the adventures he got up to. At two years old he put his plastic slide at an angle on the sofa so the decent was steeper. He has certainly made my heart climb out of chest on more than one occasion. At age three whenever we went near a theme park or fair he would be desperate to go on the huge rides and the smaller age appropriate rides didn’t get a look in. The thought alone made me terribly nervous, it’s no wonder I suffer with anxiety. I remember arguing with him trying to explain why he couldn’t go on a ride named the death slide.

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His confidence and excitement for thrill was one of the reasons we went to Disney when he was four. We always planned on waiting so that we could all go on the rides we wanted together but we needn’t have worried because he was more than keen to ride everything!! He went on the tower of terror bearing in mind two weeks earlier he was still only three!! Basically for those of you who don’t know it’s an elevator style ride based around the twilight zone. The ride drops from a great height at high speeds again and again. I staggered off the ride shaking and when I looked down Henry was already telling me he wanted to ride it again! We rode that ride a total of 6 times in a row despite the fact, I the adult, would have rather sat it out!

Everything Changed

The following year we planned to go to Disney again but everything had changed. Suddenly Henry didn’t want to go on the rides especially not the ones he was so desperate to go on before. When we mentioned the tower of terror he was really unsure which felt so strange. This was his favourite ride of the previous year.

Why My Child’s Lost His Confidence

I could understand if something has happened between the first and second year of our trips. I’ve racked my brain relentlessly but nothing has happened and I’m struggling to see a reason why everything has changed so dramatically. His confidence has just taken a significant knock out of nowhere.

So if my child’s lost his confidence what should I do? Should I be worried or is this normal? Henry is my first child and I just sometimes feel out of my depth like I don’t know if I’m doing things right. This parenting malarky is hard work!child's lost his confidence

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10 Comments

  1. Claudia

    24th February 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Hey, this was really interesting! I love the tower ride at Disneyland but I can understand how it’s scary! Maybe he is just going through a phase and is more self aware? I know when I was younger I went through a phase where everything seemed really scary (like any bridges over rivers) but when I had grown up a little more I felt better. I hope he gets his confidence back soon! xxx

    1. sophiegw

      28th February 2017 at 5:25 pm

      That’s really interesting probably just a phase then xx

  2. Anna S.

    24th February 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I think constant encouragement can be a great way to look at this. Just trust your gut!

    1. sophiegw

      28th February 2017 at 5:25 pm

      That’s so true thanks so much xx

  3. asnippetoflife

    25th February 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Oh no that sounds sad. As I haven’t got children I can say much about it. Just from my experience that when I was ready to talk about something with my mum, she was there with an open ear and a hug. That always helped. Lea, xx

    1. sophiegw

      28th February 2017 at 5:24 pm

      That’s really wonderful advice thank you xx

  4. Tereza (@cityscapebliss)

    25th February 2017 at 1:12 pm

    You two look so lovely together. I’m not a mom so not sure whether I can give you any advice but from what my own experience with fear & confidence is the older I get the more fearful I become. Maybe it’s just normal? There’s not even a reason why I’ve began fearing certain things, it’s just happened out of blue. Hope he’s feeling better the little soldier:) xx

    1. sophiegw

      28th February 2017 at 5:24 pm

      Aw thank you so much xx

  5. wildandfreeoutdoors

    26th February 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Awww, your little love is so adorable!! I’m not a mom so I don’t know what it is like to go through this, but I remember my mom always open with her arms and a listening ear!

    1. sophiegw

      28th February 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Such great advice thank you xx

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