Conversations With Kids: Imposter Syndrome

Conversations with Kids - Week 5

For parents and guardians where we give you prompts so that you can have more meaningful conversations with your children to help them build key characteristics such as mental toughness, resilience, confidence, creativity, focus and so on.  

A Question for your Kids

Do you sometimes think that you are not as good as others think you are?

Conversations with kids impostor syndrome


  • Confidence

  • Resilience

Directions for Parents:

Imposter syndrome is an internal experience of believing that you are not as competent as others perceive you to be, as if you are a fraud. Many children struggle with this due to a lack of positive reinforcement and praise and the pressures placed on them today. I’d encourage you to talk with your children about their thoughts and feelings in relation to whether they are challenged enough or too much and if they feel supported and encouraged.

Ideas for Kids:

  1. In my life I sometimes thought that I was not good enough at ……….. but now I realise it was just the chimp sitting on my shoulder telling me. It wasn’t real. Can you tell me about times when your chimp tells you that you aren’t good enough at a skill or a task?
  2. When you worry about not being good at something what happens?
  3. When I don’t interfere and coach you and simply show you love and support how does it make you feel?

If you would like to share your experiences as a sports parent or get insights regarding kids sport psychology, you may also wish to join David in The Sport Psychology Hub.

David Charlton Sports Psychologist

Best Wishes 

David Charlton

Online Sports Psychologist for Kids who supports many youngsters and sports parents so that they have more fun and get the most from their talent across the globe from USA/Canada to Great Britain and Ireland to UAE, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, using ONLINE Video Conferencing.    

Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence

Host of Demystifying Mental Toughness Podcast

Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  

With over a decades’ experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to transfer their skills from training to competitive situations, under pressure.

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