According to the National Institutes of Health, self-concept can be defined as the view one has of herself and her abilities. A child’s self-concept begins to develop at birth. It begins with how adults respond to them. Parents and caregivers create a positive emotional bond with an infant through warm and caring interactions. This positive emotional bond with parents and caregivers promotes a child’s healthy self-concept. Here are three ways to how nurturing a healthy self concept can be beneficial for the entire family:
1. A positive self-concept is important for kids because it helps them to feel good about themselves. When kids feel good about themselves, they are more likely to be successful in school and in their relationships with others.
2. A positive self-concept can also help kids to develop a growth mindset. A growth mindset is the belief that intelligence and ability can be developed through effort and practice. Kids who have a growth mindset are more likely to persevere in the face of challenges and to believe that they can improve with time and effort.
3. Finally, a positive self-concept can help kids to develop healthy habits. Kids who feel good about themselves are more likely to take care of their bodies and to make healthy choices. They are also more likely to have positive relationships with others and to avoid risky behaviors.
How are you nurturing your kiddo to develop a positive self-concept?