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It's important that your child has a positive self-image that is not too dependent on comments from people around them. At this pre-teen stage, and as they become teenagers, there are so many pressures to look a particular way. Try and give your child confidence in the way they are, and to show them role models of people who dare to be different.
Show them this video called "The Reflection in Me" where the reflection in the mirror talks back to the girl. There's no harm in talking back to the mirror. Tell your reflection that "You're fab" every morning and you'll start to believe it.
Children gain confidence in speaking through demonstrating their knowledge to others. Chatting and listening to your child will help build their communication skills. Talking about words and their meaning in everyday life will also help build your child’s vocabulary – and your own!
Funny stories are interesting and a good excuse to get your child talking. At mealtimes, each family member could tell something interesting or something funny that happened during the day. Watching TV together can also provide a good opportunity for chat and to discuss what you are watching. Check if your child understands different things they hear and encourage your child to teach you new words and things they have learnt.
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