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importance of adults to a child`s growth to awareness

March 18, 2016 | Author: | Posted in education, youth issues

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Adult Influence in the Development of Self-awareness in Children

An individual who has an awareness of who he /she is as a person are said to be happier than those who don ‘t . Having a strong sense of self enables us to make decisions about how we want to live our lives and pursue our dreams and ambitions . But how does one achieve self-awareness ? Self-awareness is a life-long process , it is essentially being able to discover our individuality and come to [banner_entry_middle]

terms with who we really are . The development of self-awareness is not a one-man show rather our parents , teachers , peers and the media , constantly influence us . It is my belief that parents and teachers more than any other factor has the greatest influence in the development of our awareness . Thus parents and teachers help and hinder the development of a child ‘s self-awareness . Parents and teachers provide the guidance and nurturing that children need to develop their sense of self . On the other hand they can also hinder the child ‘s quest for awareness if they insist that their child become what they could not be and to expect them to adopt their own worldviews . An equal amount of guidance and rootedness will prove to be the best formula for a child to realize who they as persons . Guiding children in their lives and nurturing their well-being can help children develop their sense of self . When parents and teachers guide children in the decisions they make in their lives it teaches children that they are persons of worth who can make their own decisions . Franeck ) said that if his parents did not push him to look for a job and live on his own , he might sill be living with his parents and would have become a failure . This shows us that young adults need to be prodded and to be challenged to take that step to live their own lives . Without this gentle prodding they might just stay in the dug-out indefinitely like the so called

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boomerang kids ‘ who are well-educated young adults and are living at home because they are broke and underemployed (Franeck . Teachers also guide children in their own way . They can help children realize who they want to be in the future . Success and achievement contributes to the child ‘s perception of who he /she is . When teachers tell their students that they are good at what they do , it builds their self-esteem and leads to increased awareness . Malcom X in his autobiography said that his teacher Mr . Ostrowski made him think about his future and what society had to offer him , which led to his awareness of his station in life and the desire to do something about it (The first major . Why do parents and teachers ‘ guidance and nurturance matter ? Parents and teachers are the significant adults in… [banner_entry_footer]

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