Self-awareness is the ability to know your feelings and how they affect your behavior. It is a skill that your child can begin developing at this early age, but it is something that continues to develop into adulthood.
There are two kinds of self-awareness.
Having self-awareness allows a person to take control of their emotions and behaviour and enables one to change their thoughts and mindsets. When your child has good self-awareness skills, they will know their strengths and weaknesses, be in tune with their emotions as well as likes and dislikes.
The Importance of Strong Self-Awareness
Private self-awareness is when kids are aware of something about themselves that other people might not be. For example, some kids get butterflies in their stomach before reading in front of the class. Knowing that means they’re nervous is private self-awareness. It’s not something other people notice or know about them.
Teach Your Child It's O.K. To Ask For Help
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Public self-awareness is when kids are aware of how other people see them. This type of self-awareness develops later. That’s because kids need to understand that other people have thoughts, feelings, and perspectives different from theirs.
When kids understand themselves better, it’s easier for them to build positive self-esteem. That’s important for kids who struggle in school or with friendships. It gives them a way to look not just at their challenges, but also to see what they’re good at.
Part of self-awareness is knowing your challenges, and asking for help when it’s needed is showing self-awareness. Telling your child, “If you need help, say, ‘Help,’ and I’ll be there to jump in,” but until your child asks, try to stand back. The lesson is in struggling and understanding when to seek assistance.