Building Your Self-Confidence as a Parent

Parenting September 27, 2008 Print Friendly and PDF

Parenting Tips for Your 12 Month Old Child


Being a parent can sometimes tax your patience and your confidence in being able to cope with daily problems. At times, you may feel comfortable and self-confident, and at other times you may feel uncertain and fearful about your decisions.

We all strive to feel comfortable and good about ourselves. Self-confidence is measured by the way we feel and the way we behave.

There are ways to boost your self-confidence so that you feel better about yourself. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Examine and determine what YOU want out of life — not what other people want for you or want you to do.
  • Live your life from this moment on. Don’t become discouraged by past mistakes.
  • Trust your own decisions. You are the best judge of what works well for you.
  • Don’t put yourself down. Instead of saying, “I can’t do it,” say, “I am going to try to do it.”

Learn more about Your 12 Month Old Child from Just In Time Parenting. You can also go to our Resource Links for additional information on child care and development.
Note to Parents: When reading this newsletter, remember: Every baby is different. Children may do things earlier or later than described here. This newsletter gives equal space and time to both sexes. If he or she is used, we are talking about all babies.
References: These materials were adapted by authors from Extension Just in Time Parenting Newsletters in California, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Wisconsin.


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.