They learn that they can count on parents, and parents can count on them. These important lessons help children become confident, successful adults. Here are some ways you can teach about trust:
- Be sensitive to your child’s needs. Children whose emotional and physical needs are met are more likely to be trusting. They also may express themselves better, because they believe others will listen.
- Let your child make decisions. When you give your child options, you’re saying, “I trust your judgment.” You might let your child choose from two shirts to wear.
- Acknowledge your child’s feelings. Even when you can’t let your child have his way, you can show respect for his desires. Instead of getting angry (“Get away from my vase!”), be understanding. (“I know you’d like to touch that. But it might break.”)
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