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We all know that encouraging our toddlers and children is one of the most important things to do for their development. Reaffirming and acknowledging their accomplishments and achievements is where their self-confidence comes from! And raising self-confident, well-loved toddler and child is an important part of being a parent, if not the most important part.
Too often, with all the hustle and bustle, I forget to slow down and take a moment to say so many important things to my toddler. I have so many amazing things I want to tell him! I want him to know that I think the world of him!
But too often because I know he doesn’t quite understand anything I say aside from, “Thank you,” yet, so I end up saying nothing. I don’t tell him all the wonderful things I think of him! I’m terrible at expressing myself and my feelings. It’s one of my biggest pitfalls as a person. I do it with everyone. I end up just shutting down and not saying anything for fear of not saying it right, or saying too much or making people uncomfortable, not to mention my own discomfort with being so open and honest. It’s something I struggle with and work on often.
But I don’t want to be that way with my son. I don’t want to be closed off or lacking in any way with him. I don’t want him to think that I don’t love him or think he’s an incredible little being. And someday, I want him to know without a doubt that I think the absolute world of him. I want him to be confident that he is an amazing individual, capable of amazing, wonderful things. And one of the only places he will get that sort of confidence and self-love from will be from me and the rest of his immediate family and caretakers.
So I’ve made a promise to myself and to my son to tell him all the wonderful things I think of him. These are just a few of the things I am making an effort to tell my son more often.
Thank You for Your Help
My son is a huge helper, and I really love to encourage and reward these great traits he has. I don’t thank him nearly as much as I should.
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