Momma Told Me: Confidence isn't something you're born with, it had to be built.
When I was a little girl Momma would take me to this magical place of Little Tikes playhouses, seesaws, and little red cards with black spinning wheels. This place, my Aunt's backyard, was something I'd get to visit only once every so many months; and I loved it so very much because my adorable cousins were spoiled rotten with all the things I'd never have. It may sound bad but I was a very jealous little girl, my younger cousin, Chelsea was 4 years younger than me, and had a backyard that rivaled my favorite playground. However, for a very long time, she was much too young to truly enjoy it. In fact, she was also significantly less dominant than I was and suffered from confidence issues. It was a battle for our mothers but I eventually learned to love being a role model to my younger cousin much more than the girl who came over and simply played with all her toys. And it started with that little red car...
One of the most important things to remember when working on building confidence is to stop comparing. As parents, we tend to do this without even realizing. While the intent may not be negative, try not to focus on the strengths of other children, but work on reaffirming the positive traits that make your own child unique. Every child is different, and those differences should be celebrated for what they are, not contrasted to those of another child.
Lastly, choosing toys that help engage your child through several stages can instill a sense of accomplishment and growth within even the youngest toddlers. While multi-stage toys, such as the adorable Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Activity Walker featured in this post may be a larger investment up front, they are sure to last years through your child's development from sitting bouncer to full on mobile walker.
When it comes to building confidence there are many positive things we can do as role models for our toddlers- few are as adorable as that Cozy Coupe walker though! You'll find the new Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Activity Walker online and at Toys R' Us locations nationally. Stay up to date with the latest Little Tikes innovations for imagination and growth through their Facebook page.
What Daughter Says: While some have more confidence than others, there are several things we can do to help build it at any age.
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Chelsea, 2, and I, 6, sharing a cousinly kiss on the Little Tikes seesaw.