Positive Parenting
Heightens Children’s Self-concept

Positive parenting builds children’s self-confidence to accomplish their tasks successfully, which acts as a great booster for the self-concept during childhood development.

The energy in growing years is actually directed towards creativity and productivity, which we adults see as naughtiness. Inability to meet the expectations leaves them with distressing feelings.

Children have high self-esteem and judge themselves according to their ability to produce socially accepted and valued outputs. Only positive child rearing practices can help them through the stress: Children lack the ability to understand and manage their stress adequately...

Why do children misbehave?

Misbehavior is the sign of poor self-concept.
Children aspire for recognition of elders in their environment. They would love to behave so such that it wins the admiration, if they only had the confidence in their ability.

Misbehavior in children is a cry for help.
Positive reinforcement, caring concern, solutions to the problems and affectionate guidance are great inputs in helping children build their
self-concept.

Unfortunately, our methods of disciplining often lead to sequence of undesirable child rearing practices, such as unreachable demands, humiliations, indulgences, over-permissiveness, or neglect. The recommended practices for parenting middle childhood gives more details on the subject.

Self-concept

Good self concept is crucial for personality development of an individual. The environmental factors have a direct effect on children’s self-concept.

Children’s self-concept is considered to be adequate when they feel:

  • Good about themselves

  • Competent

  • Confident

  • Secure

  • Loved

  • Valued

  • Accepted by others for what they are

  • Liberty of action and thought

A child who feels good about himself, is satisfied with life and accepts the world to be a good place to live in. He develops the "I am OK, You are OK" view towards the people in his environment.

Good self-concept minimizes conflicts

Conflicts in the parent-child relationship are most marked during teens, when teenagers develop a questioning attitude that is primarily directed towards authoritative guardians.

Undesirable effects of poor self-concept

  • Diffident personality

  • Increased vulnerability to the destructive whims of peers

  • Hesitant to stand up even for their crucial beliefs.

Does indulgent child rearing help build optimal self-concept?

Permissive parenting is harmful for evolution of optimal self-concept:

  • Increased focus on children's happiness and achievements often turns them into self-involved fragile conformists.

  • Positive reinforcement is important for self concept, but continuous praise can jeopardise a child's moral and emotional growth.

  • We need to hit a right balance in our child rearing practices with the necessary back ground child health explanations.
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