Speak Up: School Your Kids in Being Assertive

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Raising a confident child can be a challenge. While some children have no issues going for what they want, other kids are more reserved and struggle to be assertive. It's important to note there is a big difference between being assertive and being aggressive.

As a parent, you probably want to groom your child to be the former, not the latter. When push comes to shove -- sometimes literally -- you want your child to stand up for herself. Although it may be an inherent quality in some children, you can teach even the most reserved child to be assertive. Of course, it's important for you to lead by example. For example, when you're put in a situation where someone is trying to walk all over you, firmly put a stop to it. Show your child you refuse to stand for it.