Written by Paula Jones Last updated: September 12, 2007
There are several simple but important things you can do to help your toddler develop into a confident and happy child…
Give your baby plenty of smiles. It sounds like a simple thing to do but in fact, your smiling can help your child to feel that he’s liked.
Feeling of control
Spend some time each day playing with toys that he chooses. This gives him a sense of control and boosts his confidence.
When your child does something good, acknowledge this. Be specific in your praise, for instance tell them how helpful they are being if they put their shoes on by themselves.
Good communication develops when you talk to your child from an early stage. Point things out when you’re out in the pushchair. Say the full name of the thing rather than a baby version of it.
Making eye contact when you communicate with your child and when he’s saying something ensures that he feels he’s important to you.
When your child is chatting, listen to what he’s saying and give a response so that he knows you’re interested in what he’s saying.
Children love music and singing rhymes. Make time to sing nursery rhymes and do all the actions together.
From an early age, read aloud to your baby. Bath books, pop‐ups and activity books are all great fun. Reading aloud the same book over and over again will make the words familiar. Making it a part of the bedtime routine helps the child to relax and get ready for sleep as well.