Tuning in and connecting emotionally with your child is the fundamental practice of parenting. Children need to feel connected to a caring adult to feel safe and be able to think, learn, and take risks to explore the world. Regular connection is also how they develop a deep sense that they are lovable.
Connecting deeply with your child on a non-verbal level is a great way to counteract stress – for both of you.
Children gain confidence and self-esteem by overcoming challenges. Fostering growth means empowering them with the right level of structure, challenge, and autonomy for each situation. Over time this leads to internal motivation and self-regulation.