From taking their first steps to learning how to read, children gain self-confidence as they master new skills. This gives them the courage to continue to explore and expand their abilities. Two-year-olds may use phrases such as "Me do it!" or "Do it myself!" to exert independence. They will often make a mess as they learn to feed themselves soup with a spoon, apply toothpaste to a toothbrush, or "clean" their room, but they will develop valuable skills as they practice new tasks and recognize their progress.
Emotions & Self-Awareness “I Can Do It:” Building Your Two-Year-Old’s Self-Confidence
Help grow your child's confidence with the strategies below:
Stay alert to the cues your children are sending you that they are ready to feed themselves, brush their own hair, or climb into the car seat by themselves. Responding positively to these first steps will build a foundation for raising a capable and responsible young person. Allow children a chance to struggle, fuss, even cry before rushing to their sides and fixing the situation. Kids build self-confidence as they work on a problem until they figure it out.
Practice, Practice, Practice
In order for children to develop resiliency, they will need oodles of practice time. As parents, we need to step out of the way and allow our children to make mistakes and encourage them to keep trying. If your two-year-old made his lunch for the first time (after many failed attempts and with jelly all over the floor), pause for a moment and celebrate. This is progress! Acknowledge it and move forward to the next thing.
Build Self-Confidence With a Goal-Setting Activity
Achieving a goal can build self-confidence. Help your child set and work towards a goal by creating "I Can" statements.Do This Activity
Never Do for a Child What a Child Can Do for Themselves
Identify what tasks your children are capable of handling and let them do these. If she can put on her coat, let her. If he can put on his shoes independently, let him. Resist the urge to step in and make the process quicker. Instead, try to build in time for kids to complete the tasks.
In this fun game with Trolley, your child can be in charge, deciding where and which direction Trolley should drive.Play This Game
Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn how to manage big and overwhelming feelings using strategies grounded in the teachings of Mister Rogers.
Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn how to manage big and overwhelming feelings using strategies grounded in the teachings of Mister Rogers.Find Activities
Activity Finder: Learn With Your Two-Year-Old
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Prepare a Breakfast Feast Fit for a Dinosaur!
After watching the Pteranodon Family enjoy breakfast on the Dinosaur Train, your junior chef can build self-confidence in the kitchen by making some dinosaur inspired dishes for your family.
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PBS Parents Play & Learn
Designed specifically with parents in mind, this app provides more than a dozen math and literacy games that parents can play with their kids. Each game builds on the natural curiosity of children and is themed around a familiar location like the garden or grocery store.
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Super Grover in The Nick of Rhyme
Super Grover is here to save the day! Your child can help Grover find missing items by choosing the correct rhyming words.