Healthy self-esteem is a real strength for your child. Self-esteem helps a child deal with the many challenges in the world. Self-efficacy, the belief in one’s abilities is equally important.
A child’s self-esteem can be impacted by so many things, relationships with parents, teachers, friends, and peers influence a child’s perception of themselves. Additionally, as children learn and develop new skills, their self-esteem and self-efficacy increase.
Self-efficacy is important in determining how much we will try to accomplish a difficult task. If a child does not believe he or she will succeed, they are less likely to put in a good effort. Children are learning new things almost every day. They face difficult academic challenges in school, they must learn to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities. The social environment presents its own difficult challenges. Other children and even some adults can be difficult to deal with. New experiences are constant during childhood and all children must participate in a myriad of situations.
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Dr. Gerald Brown is a therapist practicing in Statesville and Cornelius, North Carolina. He is within a short travel distance from Davidson, Morrisville, Huntersville, and North Charlotte.
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