4 Ways to Support a Child’s Self-Development

Kids swimming in the poolIf you spend most of your time around kids, you know that each of them has their own character. You’ll notice this as early as their toddler years when they start to become more curious about things and about other people.

Sunrise Preschools, a preschool in Phoenix, AZ believes that early education should focus on a child’s curiosity and natural interests. These are the things that help them develop a sense of self-worth. If you’re an adult who’s trying to find ways to help a child build their self-esteem, here are some things you can do.

1. Support Their Interests

If a child shows interest in something, don’t discourage them. Let them do it until they realize that they want to pursue it or that it’s not what they really want to do. Let them experience things that they find interesting. The encouragement can take them a long way if they do pursue it with your support.

2. Let Them Take Risks

It’s important to let children take healthy risks. Take a step back as the protective adult and teach them to take responsibility for the results of their choices. This is a good way to develop their self-confidence, independence, and accountability for their actions.

3. Let Them Decide for Themselves

It’s a simple as letting them choose what clothes to wear or what glass to use for water. Even children will have to face little choices like these and letting them decide on their own will teach them to trust themselves and develop their confidence.

4. Teach Them to Help Around the House

Teamwork. Independence. Accomplishment. These are the benefits of teaching children to help with chores. It makes them feel that they matter in the community they’re in — their family.

Keep in mind that praising kids all the time may not be that constructive for their self-development. It should be done in moderation, just enough to let them know they’re doing a good job and that they can still aim for higher goals if they wanted to.

Follow these tips and you’ll be raising a child who has dreams, a good heart, and the confidence that will let him take on life as it happens.