A child with good self confidence is easy to spot in a crowd. He or she possesses a bright, engaging smile and a positive attitude. Effortlessly, this child makes friends and accepts leadership opportunities.

Timid and shy children, however, are too often relegated to the sidelines. For these children, the problems start small, a child who can’t interact with his or her peers or won’t look an adult in the eye.

But as a child grows these problems do, too – and before long this child is the target of bullies, prone to peer pressure and withdrawn in the classroom. Kids like this are called “painfully shy” for good reason.

A child with self-confidence problems needs to improve his or her self-esteem. Here are some of characteristics of a child with low self-esteem:

  • Timid and shy
  • Loner, not a leader
  • Bully magnet
  • Fear of failure
  • Peer pressure

Martial arts can help a child’s confidence grow. Martial arts provide positive experiences for children, and offers tangible goals and rewards that help them stay focused and self-assured.