Month 36

Your baby

Your child

Some children get taller so quickly that their muscles and weight can’t keep up. They might actually look a little thin and wispy for a while. But that doesn't necessarily mean they’re eating too little or that something is wrong. Things will gradually balance out. This is the beginning of the magical years. A three year-old’s everyday life and the games of a three-year-old are full of imagination and inventiveness.  

You

When someone notices and listens to you, when someone cares about your views and opinions, you feel important – and that's a wonderful feeling. And this feeling is where self-confidence takes root and blossoms. It can be as simple as listening when your daughter or son tells you something and responding to what he or she says. Try asking your child’s opinion from time to time. Offer a choice between different options if it doesn’t make life complicated. That’s really all there is to it.  

Your child's self-confidence

There are three simple, yet very important things to remember:
 
1 Praise
Praise your children daily on a job well done, or a situation you observe them handling appropriately Let them know that you approve, and why 
 
2 Reliability and Consistency
Children of all ages not only want to know, but need to know that they can depend on their parents or guardians to be consistent If you have set rules for a specific dinnertime, be consistent Do not let any member of your household upset a family routine or set rule due to a preference, such as being late for dinner due to a ball game While there will always be exceptions to this practice, if you are consistent in any given family situation or rule your children will know they can rely on you Through the child's confidence in you his own confidence grows 
 
3 Trust
Trust, as we all know is "earned" You can and should start building trust between you and your children as early as toddler hood Nothing builds confidence in humans like trust Be sure to remain consistent (as mentioned above) when you allow your children to venture forth in new areas It is not always easy for a parent to feel sure of their children's abilities, albeit a new bike, or riding that bike Start with small and realistic steps that are agreed upon and carried out Each success is the essential ingredient to building trust between child and parent  
Remember, a confident child is assured in love and patience A confident child is a happy child
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