During early childhood, children become more independent and develop a stronger sense of self. They define themselves through what they can do and how successfully they can do it.
In order to help children deal with the demands of this stage, parents should be supportive and firm. In this way initiative and respect for others’ rights and privileges develop and they feel a sense of accomplishment and purpose. Should parents be too controlling, guilt feelings can develop and the child could feel inferior and lose interest in the tasks before him/her.