Empowerment, or self-efficacy, is believing in oneself. It is knowing what your strengths are and how to use your strengths to navigate challenges and reach your goals. Children with the skills of empowerment believe that they are effective in the world. They have learned their strengths and weaknesses and rely on their strengths to navigate the challenges in life. Children with self-efficacy dream big, because they believe in their capacity to work for their dreams.
One of my greatest senses of pride as a parent has come from the moments when I have seen that “I Can” spirit in my children. They truly CAN do a lot for themselves, and having that confidence gives them the ability to do so much more!
Kids with a strong sense of self-efficacy are:
- better problem solvers
- less likely to become helpless
- more resilient
- more willing to try new things and take risks.
Browse Fishfulthinking.com (Empowerment section) to find articles and activities to do with your kids to build their sense of self-efficacy. What are some things that you have already done with your kids to foster their “can do” attitude?
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