raising confident kids

When my youngest child G was in primary school, the walls outside her classroom were display boards for pupils' artwork. She wasn't academic at that time (being a late reader), but with child-like enthusiasm and exuberance, she used to put a lot of work into art.
Parents don't necessarily want pretentious know-it-all children with whom you can't get a word in edgewise. However, social confidence doesn't necessarily mean dominating every social situation.