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Advice for Parents

Shining a Light on the Path toward Victory

Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg

Does it really matter if your child takes first prize at the spelling bee, scores the winning goal for her soccer team or wins the award for never missing a day of kindergarten? Actually, to the surprise of many parents, the answer is yes!

While it's important to step outside your comfort zone and try things even if you’re no expert, it’s just as important for kids to hone in on their strengths and achieve victory. Personal accomplishments, no matter how big or small, are important building blocks to improving self-confidence and self-esteem.

A child’s well-being includes a healthy body and a healthy mind. In fact, these two things are very much interrelated, so when there is trouble in one area, the other is affected.

This positive sense of self will help kids cope with potentially stressful situations such as starting a new school, getting a new baby brother and nighttime issues such as nighttime wetting.

Even though nighttime wetting is common, affecting 5 to 7 million kids in the U.S. age 6 and over, many kids who wet the bed feel ashamed and embarrassed. That’s why it’s so important to acknowledge their feelings and give them accurate information. By taking the struggle out of bedtime, parents can spend more time bonding with their child. Use these precious moments to discuss an achievement in your child’s day. Remember to ask open-ended questions to keep the conversation flowing and reinforce the positive with genuine praise. Try not to give empty praise as your child will be on to you in a flash. Accentuating the positive and eliminating the negative is still very good advice, especially at night.

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