Understanding Preschooler Anxiety

Worry #5: "She won't like me."

What You Do: "Preschoolers are starting to become conscious of what other kids think of them," says Dr. Lagattuta. And unlike older kids, they don't yet have a fully developed sense of self-worth: In other words, they don't automatically think, "She might not like me, but I'm a really fun person, so other people do." It's up to you to talk to your child about what's special about her and remind her that she has plenty of pals. That reassurance might give her the confidence to make new friends with other kids at school or the playground.

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