I can’t strikes again…

Q seems to have a major case of “I can’t” lately.  I don’t know when or where it started, only that I don’t want him to believe that there are things that he can’t do.  So often, when we ask him to do something, he replies with “I can’t…”.

Where is this coming from?  We try really hard not to say that we can’t do things, especially in front of him, so I don’t know how that idea got into his head.  Why on earth would he suddenly decide that he can’t put his pants on?  Or anything else he doesn’t feel like doing?  Could it be coming from school?  Or other kids?

He has always had such a fearless approach to things, that may be why I am so confused about this.  Is it a part of being 3?  Or are we inadvertently sending the wrong message to him somehow?

Aside from constantly reminding and encouraging him that he can do new things, and that he shouldn’t be afraid to try to do it, I don’t know what else to do.  Have you encountered this stage with your children?  If so, how did you deal with it?  Any words of encouragement or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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