WHEN A CHILD GETS TO BE TWO, he begins to want to do things on his own and this is a very crucial time to start developing his confidence in himself. He can jump, run, sing songs and play and he can begin to solve problems like how to get to things that are out of reach for him. He may also want to dress himself, brush his hair and do other things that show his independence. The parent can aid this process and build his self-confidence by reacting positively to his actions. Lots of hugs, kisses, and compliments on his achievements will go long way. So will talking, laughing, dancing with him, being able to assist him when needed, teaching him to think about the world around him and helping him to figure out how to solve problems. It lets him know that he is loved, an essential ingredient to building his self-esteem.
For a detailed description of what you as a parent can do to aid in this process, we suggest that you click on the link below to the article on the website of Zero to Three, an organization devoted to the development of healthy children and families.