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Emotional and Social Development

Help your child to handle his or her emotions and get along with others. Here are a few tips:

Let your child be independent. By the time they start school, children should be able to choose clothes and dress themselves, brush their teeth, tidy up after themselves and so on. Don't be tempted to do everything for them because it seems easier or quicker.
Listen to your child. Be interested in what he or she says, and ask for an opinion about things. Let your child choose what you will have for dinner (give two choices and let them pick one). In this way they will learn that they have something valuable to say.
Teach your child to be responsible for his or her actions. When your child does something wrong, he or she should be able to own up to their responsibility. Make sure your child understands that it is the action you don't like, not them. For example, don't say "You are a naughty girl." Rather say, "That was a naughty thing to do."
Be proud of your child's achievements. Display his or her artwork around your house, phone up relatives to tell them when he or she has done well in sport. Let your child know that you are proud when they do well, or even when they try hard.

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