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How can I help my child feel more comfortable with who he is?

I find that the kids who seem to be the most comfortable in their own skin also have consistently good habits. Their established routines help them understand what is expected of them while letting them know what choices they have in their lives. This feeling of familiarity brings children a sense of comfort and allows them to feel as though they have some control over their environment and their lives, which is key. It’s like having an internal navigation system—they can easily find their way around their world without feeling lost or out of control.

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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