June Character Development Theme: Awareness

Dear Parents,

SELF-AWARENESS MEANS KNOWING WHO WE ARE – BAD AND GOOD.

In this section, we are discussing self-awareness. This lesson started with physical self-awareness as a metaphor for emotional self-awareness. The former is easy – almost anyone can tell when they are
comfortable, too hot, in pain, etc. Being emotionally self-aware can be more
difficult, especially for young children who are still learning how to process and
express  emotions.

How can you help?

  • Help them process negative emotions. Instead of telling them to “grow up,” or matching them anger-for-anger during a meltdown, try saying, “It seems like you’re very upset. I’m going to give you some time to think about why, then you can come explain it to me
    calmly.”
  • Allow your child to explore their strengths and weaknesses. Let them know that failure is not
    absolute. It is an opportunity to learn. A child must be aware of which areas and skills they need to improve in before they are able to do so.
  • Encourage your child to express their emotions. Being self-aware is a key component of emotional intelligence, which in turn allows us to build healthy relationships with others.

 

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