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What can I do to help my child be less ambivalent?

Lynne Kenney
Psychology
If you want your child to be less ambivalent:

1. Work on becoming more consistent with your child.

2. Be clear with your child about their schedule and yours. When are you available to your child, what will you do when you are together?

3. Be on time. Ambivalent children do not trust people to do what they say.

4. Ambivalent children respond well to planning and preparation. They are more confident when they know what is next.

5. Help your child know that you are dependable and reliable. You want them to attach to you first, then to others. You are their primary attachment relationship. What they learn about relationships they learn from you.

6. Read your child’s cues and talk with them about their wants and needs.

7. Help your child to observe their own behavior and the behavior of those around them. Notice the behavior, feelings and cues of children at the playground and on the sporting field. Your child will feel more confident understanding their social surroundings.

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