Confidence is a positive attitude toward, perception of, and belief in one’s abilities. Confidence broadens your child’s world and opportunities and gives him the foundation to learn, to succeed, and to participate in healthy relationships.
Your child’s first relationships with the people around him provide the foundation for his healthy social and emotional development. This section discusses stages of your baby’s emotional development and how to help him build skills that allow him to interact with the world with confidence and joy.
As a parent, it is a good idea to reflect on your own values, to know what they are, and to be conscious of which values you would like your child to embrace. Here are some ways to approach this process.
A positive and helpful approach to your child’s development involves being mindful that your actions and words are truly about him, his dreams, and his potential.
By providing an environment that encourages your baby to use her senses, you can help her build a foundation for language and cognitive development.
Your baby benefits from a well-regulated indoor temperature, as well as getting lots of fresh air.
As your baby explores what her body can do, you can guide her in that exploration and help ensure that she develops a positive body image.
Your child learns by taking in the world around him and then imitating what he absorbs. Your emotional regulation creates the emotional climate for your child. As in all areas of his life, you are his main role model.
The ability to regulate emotions helps your child develop awareness, control, and socially acceptable behavior as he grows. Your help begins with acknowledging his emotions and accepting his feelings. When you verbally reframe or summarize his feelings in a way that makes him feel heard, he knows he is accepted and begins to calm himself.
As you research preschools or other early-childhood programs, consider the quality of the program, the environment, the communication that you and your child will have with the school, and the practicalities of cost and location.