My 4-year-old daugh­ter is a lit­tle shy and tends to ask her com­fort ob­ject to speak on her be­half, no­tably to say good morn­ing to her nurs­ery school­teacher. — What can I do?

Milk Magazine (English) - - EDUCATION -

Christine Brunet, psy­chother­a­pist. A soft toy or doll plays a tran­si­tional pro­tec­tive role that re­as­sures shy chil­dren. It’s a round­about way of get­ting to know the per­son to whom they are speak­ing. It’s im­por­tant not to be­lit­tle your daugh­ter (by say­ing things such as: “Don’t go all timid on me.”). In­vite her to say hello, too, in­stead. Caroline Khanafer, clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist. A com­fort ob­ject is also a tool that en­ables the child to ob­serve the adult and to cau­tiously make con­tact: “If she/he is nice to my cud­dly toy, she/he will be nice to me.” This type of game makes the child feel safe about grow­ing up. Don’t put any un­nec­es­sary pres­sure on her; your daugh­ter will gain con­fi­dence at her own pace.

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