Sometimes when my daughter is trying something new, riding a bike, learning her numbers, drawing a letter... she gets a little scared of failure and gives up. I know perfectly well that she can do it, but she doesn\'t want to try. For instance she can draw a 5 really well but she doesn\'t want to draw an S. She can draw the 5 in a instant but when I ask her to draw an S she doesn\'t want to and she just puts her head down and scribbles across the page without really trying. Sometimes this can be so frustrating and I don\'t really want to push her. When she actually sees that she can do something she excels at it, but before that she has some anxiety. She really wanted the bike badly and I bought it for her. Then when I tried to teach her she cried on the sidewalk for half an hour and didn\'t want to get on the bike. Finally I told her we would just sit there all day and night until she rode to the end of the block. She got up got on the bike and pedaled to the end of the block faster than I could walk. The same thing happened when she learned to swim. She loved the water and was having fun at swimming lessons then one day she was just so scared of the water that I thought she was going to throw up. It took a long time for her to get over her fear again. Is there anything a parent can do to help improve their kid\'s self confidence? Should we just be patient and never push our kids to get over fear?
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