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When we help a child feel special and capable, it will serve as a safe home base
By on March 15th, 2011

A major task of the early childhood parent/care giver is to help a child find and develop his/her own area of solid competence — a niche. This niche is different for each child. For some children this will be their special skill with clay; for others it will be how fast they can run. When we help a child feel special and capable in one area, it will serve as a safe home base from which the child can continue learning in all areas. When you recognize a child mastering something in his niche, reward the child with praise and attention.

This praise will have two important effects. First, it will reinforce the child and make him feel valued. Second, by openly acknowledging each child’s unique strengths, we will help siblings appreciate diversity in interests and skill.

Dr. Bruce Perry

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