I think nurturing the self-esteem of a child is one of the most important jobs a teacher or parent has. Every child has a little psyche (or spirit) growing inside them, and nurturing their self-esteem allows their spirit to grow and become strong and resilient.
The cousin of “self-esteem” is “self-efficacy.” Self-efficacy is a child’s belief in their ability to complete tasks and reach goals. The famous psychologist Albert Bandura helped us better understand the importance of self-efficacy for human development.
If you believe in yourself, you will try things and explore the edges of your comfort zone. You will take risks. You will allow yourself to explore and be creative. You will not be defeated by mistakes because you will have a deep belief in yourself and your ability to solve problems.
Given the rapid changes occurring in our society, it is essential that we raise children to have a strong sense of self-efficacy. We need to encourage our children to stretch their abilities and we must not let them become discouraged by set-backs.
Children must be persistent and creative problem-solvers in order to manage the challenges in this world that we will give them!
Let's nurture the self-esteem and self-efficacy of all the children in our lives!
For more information about self-efficacy, below are some books that explain this topic in more depth.
Dr Jillian Roberts