Helping Preschoolers Build Positive Self Concept

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Helping Preschoolers Build Positive Self Concept

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Promoting a positive self-concept in children is very important for their development. If children are taught how to respect themselves from the ripe age of 37-42 months, they will gain a much stronger and positive personality, along with being confident.

Self-concept can be thought of as the view one has of themselves and their abilities. When a child is 37-42 months of age, his self-concept begins to develop dramatically. Children who grow up with a negative self-concept often have a ‘can’t do’ attitude. They easily become frustrated and give up on difficult tasks very quickly. Hence, building kids’ self-concept should be a priority for all parents and caregivers.

Understanding Self-Image in Children

Between 37-42 months, a child begins to notice how you respond to him. In this stage, parents and caregivers should be encouraged to create a positive emotional bond with the child by having warm and caring interactions. You can achieve it with a lot of eye contact and through tender touch. It’s the love, acceptance, and respect of adults around that promotes positive self-concept in children.

Ways to Build Self-Esteem in a Child

  • Parents must provide their kids with various opportunities for success. Age-appropriate tasks, which they’re capable of completing on their own, can be assigned to them.
  • Try not to call them negative names. For example, don’t call them ‘lazy’ or ‘naughty’ as it promotes a bad image.
  • Positive self-concept can also be achieved by showing faith in kids’ abilities. Show them that you trust them and they will definitely become more confident.
  • You can give them the opportunity to explore their environment, and become more curious. Curiosity can pave the way for smartness and makes them more confident.
  • Encourage them to ask questions. Good questions lead to good answers and also help in building a positive self-concept.
  • Don’t make a habit of pointing out their mistakes. If you keep nagging them, it will only make them irritable and frustrated. Remember that you’re trying to develop a positive self-image and it can’t be achieved with anything negative.
  • Plan make-believe play activities that edge them towards being more productive and feeling more useful.

Self-Concept Activities for Preschoolers

There are a number of activities that can be done on a daily basis. You can make it a habit to say encouraging words like ‘You can do it’ and ‘I believe in you’. You can play the game of trust, where preschoolers have to fall blindfolded on a group of other kids. You can take random tests about a story you told them a week ago, or about their favourite cartoon. And of course, you can engage them a little more by giving out small incentives every time they achieve something.

Development of self-concept in early childhood acts like a foundation for positive emotional and mental growth. When a child is made to walk on the path of positive self-concept, he sees himself as being respected and valued. He has a much higher chance of reaching his full potential and can do better in school. He’ll also be able to make better decisions as an adult and become a well-rounded human being.

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