How to encourage your toddler’s self-confidence

My early age toddler loves to build up legos, stack blocks, nesting cups, anything stackable. He also loves to complete puzzles and shape sorters. However, when his creations start to tumble, fall apart or become too difficult, he can get very frustrated. He will take my hands and push me to finish his tasks. First I acknowledge his feeling of frustration and that feeling is ok. I have even taught him the word “frustrated”, using sesame street “emotion” flashcards, so he can tell me if he is frustrated. Then I try to talk him through his task, cheerleading him to complete what he started or another way to complete the task. If your child can complete their tasks with your encouragement then they have built onto their determination, patience and self-confidence in being able to finish their own task.


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