Courage involves making good choices in the face of fear or obstacles. It's another term for bravery. Remember: Bravery doesn't mean fearlessness. It means we do not let fear hold us back from exploring new opportunities, developing our skills, and doing what is right. For a two-year-old, courage might look like trying a new food, saying goodbye to Mom or Dad when a babysitter comes or trying a new activity.
Character Raising a Courageous Two-Year-Old
Here are a few ways to help prepare your child to tackle something new:
Help Them Through Their Fears
Pay attention to signs that your child is afraid or nervous in a situation. Offer both emotional support and information that can help them work through their fear. For example, you might say, "That thunder made you jump. Thunder is the sound that lightning makes. It's loud, but it won't hurt you. Let's listen to it together." As the Daniel Tiger song reminds us, when we are scared, we should "see what it is, you might feel better."
Millie's Calm Down Jar
Creating a 'calm down jar' can give your child something to focus on when he feels anxious.Do This Activity
Prepare Them for New Activities
New adventures ― from going to a new class to going to the doctor ― can cause kids to worry. Talk about what will happen in advance. For example, before a yearly physical, use a toy doctor's kit to explain what will happen and let them give a check-up to a doll or stuffed animal. This helps them approach situations with knowledge and courage. As the Daniel Tiger song says, "When we do something new, let's talk about what we'll do."
Elmo Goes to the Doctor
Elmo doesn't feel well and has to go to the doctor. By clicking through this interactive story, your child can see what it's like at the doctor's office.Play This Game
Let Your Child Borrow Your Confidence
Kids look to parents to see, "Should I be scared here?" Psychologists call this "social referencing." For instance, when children see a dog for the first time, they'll look up to Mom or Dad to assess whether or not the dog is dangerous. If their parent looks relaxed, it's easier for the child to approach the dog. When kids are scared, our instinct might be to help them escape ― or to avoid scary situations entirely. But that tells them, "This is too hard for you to handle!" Instead, provide encouragement. Tell your child, "It's hard, but I know you can do it." Show your faith in your child's ability to cope.
Your child can read and play with Daniel Tiger in this interactive story about a time when Prince Tuesday babysits and Daniel keeps in mind that 'grown ups come back.'Play This Game
Build Good Character Skills with Daniel Tiger
Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn the key skills necessary for school and for life, using strategies grounded in the teachings of Mister Rogers.Find Activities
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Sodor I Spy
Playing a game of Thomas themed I Spy can help your child pass the time while waiting in line or on a long car ride. Be sure to provide plenty of encouragement as your child continues guessing.
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Daniel Tiger's Stop & Go Potty
Use this app to encourage children to practice stopping their play when they have to go potty and learn about important bathroom routines at the potty and sink.
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A Twiddlebug Tool Adventure
It's windy in the Twiddlebug's garden so Timmy can't fly home. Using tools that go up, down and across, your child can engineer a solution to help Timmy get home.