Teach Your Kid Confidence -- from Birth

Confidence Stumbling Blocks

A new sibling joins the family, a beloved childcare provider moves on, potty training begins. All of these have the potential to make your child feel insecure and may result in some setbacks.

Acknowledge your child's emotions. Let her know it's okay to be mad, sad, or frustrated.

Don't make too many changes at once. If, for example, your toddler is getting used to a new caregiver, put off potty training for a while.

Expect some regression. If your "me do it" toddler suddenly wants you to feed him, indulge his need to be babied. If you don't let it become a power struggle, chances are he'll reclaim his big-kid status.

Originally published in the December 2008 issue of American Baby magazine.

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