Help your child brainstorm positive words to describe himself. You can use the What We Are anthem song as inspiration.
Let your child know that you believe in her. Knowing that she has your support will help her become more confident.
Encourage your child to give things a try, whether it's tasting a new food or saying hello to a new child in the neighborhood. Trying new things can be empowering—and he might love something he tries!
Encourage your child to talk about something she's proud of accomplishing. Focusing on her strengths and achievements will help her face challenges with determination.
When your child runs into a problem, encourage him to "Breathe, Think, Do": Take a deep breath, think about what to do next, and give the solution a try.
Introduce your child to the word "persistent," explaining that it means not giving up, even when things don't go the way you want them to. Being persistent helps us solve problems…and helps make us stronger.
Help your child gain independence by offering choices during your daily routines. Does she want to wear the blue shirt or the red shirt today? Does she want to have an apple or celery at snack time?
Use the saying "Feel It, Name It, Share It" with your child to help him reflect on, recognize, and express his emotions.
Check in with your child regularly about her feelings. It'll remind her that you're there for her and give her opportunities to practice expressing emotions.
Talking about your own emotions and coping with them in positive ways can help set a good example for your child.