ERIC Number: ED204029
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Children's Feelings About Themselves. Unit for Child Studies Selected Papers Number 1.
A positive self-concept is important for all children. Parents can assess their children's feelings about themselves and improve their children's self-respect. Feelings about the self are important because they affect children's success, sense of worth, ability to love others and to learn. Adults may inadvertently undermine a child's self-esteem so that he/she does not have sufficient ego strength for taking the risks inherent in learning. Questionnaires can be used by parents to gain a more detailed understanding of a child's identity. After the level of the child's self-concept has been ascertained, many types of activity can be employed to raise the self-respect of a child who has a low self-concept. In an atmosphere of trust, teachers and parents may explore the outcomes of the following games and activities: (1) providing a personal time line on which children may record personal experiences on cards clipped to the line; (2) sharing success symbols such as photos or certificates, (3) organizing games in which children detect detracting or enhancing speech; (4) emphasizing children's strengths; (5) facilitating a positive body image; (6) aiding in the setting of attainable goals; (7) becoming aware of speech habits (for example, the over use of "should,") that diminish children's sense of self-worth; and (8) increasing children's awareness of others' perspectives through role play and role reversals. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Children, Childrens Games, Foreign Countries, Group Activities, Intervention, Parent Education, Parent Influence, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Self Concept, Self Esteem, Teacher Influence
Unit for Child Studies, School of Education, University of NSW, P.O. Box 1, Kensington, NSW 2033, Australia ($2.00; payment should be made in Australian dollars).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New South Wales Univ., Kensington (Australia). School of Education.
Note: For other papers in this series, see PS 012 278-285.