A strong sense of self-esteem can have a positive impact on many developmental traits in daycare. Self-esteem leads to a can-do attitude in children, and research indicates that positive self-feelings also contribute to better learning and development. Here are five developmental traits that benefit from a strong sense of self-esteem:
- Emotional Well-Being
Children with a strong sense of self-esteem are more likely to have positive emotional well-being in Montessori daycare. They are better able to regulate their emotions, cope with stress, and handle challenges. This is important for academic performance as well as socially interacting with other children.
- Social Skills
Children with high self-esteem are more likely to have positive social skills, such as the ability to communicate effectively, make friends, and work collaboratively with others. In general, a strong sense of self-esteem means that the child will be more willing to participate in activities, initiate conversations, and more.
- Academic Achievement
Children with a strong sense of self-esteem are more likely to achieve academic success. They have greater confidence in their abilities and are more motivated to learn and succeed. Keep in mind that Montessori is a self-directed approach to education, and children who have low expectations of themselves will have a difficult time focusing on academic subjects.
- Physical Health
A strong sense of self-esteem can also have a positive impact on physical health. Children with high self-esteem are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors, such as exercise and healthy eating, and less likely to engage in risky behaviors. Fine and gross motor skills are constantly being honed in preschool, but children need self-esteem to feel comfortable interacting with others.
Children with a strong sense of self-esteem are more resilient in the face of adversity. They are better able to bounce back from setbacks and challenges, and they are more likely to persevere in the face of difficulty. Confidence is the key here, as children who lack a sufficient amount of belief in their abilities become unwilling to put forth any more effort than is necessary.
A strong sense of self-esteem can have a positive impact on many aspects of a child’s development, including emotional well-being, social skills, academic achievement, physical health, and resilience. Parents and educators can help foster a strong sense of self-esteem by providing children with positive feedback, encouraging their interests and passions, and helping them develop a growth mindset.