Parents have a tough job. Managing children’s behaviour can be a minefield. Finding the appropriate balance to enable positive interactions as well as managing the not-so-positive interactions often requires the skill and patience of a seasoned professional. Effective parenting programs have been developed and made available to help parents through those times of difficulty. Most programs focus on strategies to manage undesirable behaviour, strategies for the encouragement of positive behaviour and strategies for the further strengthening of the relationship with the child.
Children don’t just learn in the classroom. Many equally important “life” skills are adopted and refined in the playground in the social world of peers and other children. Out of these enriched learning opportunities, children learn a lot about others and often more about themselves. In an ideal world, this is a positive experience for children filled with meeting challenges about who they are and who they will become. Sometimes however, these challenging opportunities do not come to fruition and setbacks can erode the confidence and direction of the most determined child.
A child’s self-esteem and self-concept are inextricably linked. Self-concept refers to the child’s understanding of him/herself. The value that he or she places on that self-concept is called self-esteem. Children benefit from opportunities to explore, accept and value their strengths and weaknesses. This promotes a feeling of increased confidence about themselves. Some signs of low self-esteem in children can include the following: