My oldest ds is nearly 5. He is a lovely little boy, but like me and nervous of trying new things. I'd like to encourage him to try new activities - his friends do gymnastics or football for example. However he's resistant as he's scared to try. He has never been confidant. Also can anyone recommend any good parenting books for this age and next few years? Just typical child issues, hates losing, bossing friends around etc and I'd just like to get parenting help!! Thanks I feel like a lousy mum as I'm not a natural at dealing with these things - see he's just like me!
'The Parenting Book' by Nicky and Sila Lee is excellent and very readable despite the heavy-sounding title. You're not a lousy mum! Maybe have a look on google for classes in your area that he might like - maybe something a bit unusual if he is reluctant to go to things that might stimulate his interest and imagination. Or else try to get him into a class where one of his friends already goes so he knows someone. Good luck!