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  1. If he doubts himself in school…

Your six-year-old pessimistically assures you that he is bound to fumble during show-and-tell tomorrow because he did not practise hard enough.

How you can help: Treat him seriously when he reacts this way, and don’t dismiss his reaction as silly or immature – his lack of optimism is genuine. Remind him that he has done well in previous sessions.

Tell him to try his best, and offer to practise with him the next time.

2. If he is pessimistic about making friends at school…

Friendships are especially important at this age. He wants to have plenty of pals, but may have doubts about his ability to form new relationships.

How you can help: Point out that he is wonderful, fun-loving and good company, and recall how easily he made friends when he first went to playschool or to music class.

Keep him focused on his previous social successes. When he feels good about himself, other children will want him as their friend.

 

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