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Nurturing a confident toddler

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How can you nurture a confident toddler?

Watch this video for some tips on how you can help your toddler to grow up feeling secure and resilient.

Here are 5 ways to help create a confident toddler who will grow up feeling secure and resilient:

  1. Let her know that she’s special and valued - even when things go wrong. Trying and having a go is the most important thing of all.
  2. Allow her to make safe decisions for herself, such as which T-shirt she’d like to wear today. This helps her build a sense of autonomy and lets her know that her feelings and thoughts are important to you.
  3. Show her you’re proud of her when she does well, particularly in those tricky scenarios that toddlers find difficult like sharing or saying sorry. Self-control is not easy for any toddler to master and nothing will make her prouder than knowing you can see she did her best.
  4. Of course she won’t always be a perfect, well-behaved princess - she wouldn’t be a toddler otherwise! Sometimes some extra guidance and teaching are necessary but try not to use threats or words like “bad” or “awful”.
  5. Questions are a great way to help your toddler think about her behaviour - try things like “What’s a nicer way to ask for something we want?”

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