Barbara J - posted on 07/24/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )
I probably do not fit here as my great-grand children are older than most of your children. But a Mom is a Mom; profound statement, but true. Even with small children, there are times when your natural instinct is to jump in and offer help or advice. Don't. Stop, and give your child a chance to accomplish the task at hand. If it works, a smile and praise are in order, and if the worst happens, there are no "rolling of eyes or I told you so". That's when you show your wisdom as a parent, with a hug, reassurance, and good a talk about what might have worked better. Our goal as parents is to built character and confidence. They have to fall down before they can know how to watch out for pitfalls.