Self reflection is a skill that children of all ages need to develop.
This is a skill that will help kids in adulthood in many ways including
developing their self-esteem. Being reflective means being able to
think about what you have done, why and if it was effective.
If children can adapt their behavior after reflecting on what went well or not well. Those that can will hold a worthy skill.
There are various ways to promote self reflection skills.
is a very effective way to start these skills. By writing down what they
are thinking and feeling kids will be able to review and contemplate on
their actions and reactions.
The missing piece of the puzzle is found here. Children need to learn to develop self questioning skills as another important way they can develop their reflective skills.
Give your child a hand mirror. Ask
them think about a recent event that made them (use different words
happy, proud, sad, disappointed) while looking in the mirror. Ask them
to think about the event and what they did, what went well, what didn't
and how they will handle a similar event in the future. It will be
easier for many children to do this while looking at themselves in the
mirror rather talking directly to a parent.
Two stars and a Wish
This is a simple activity you can incorporate into most daily events. After vent, for example, a sports game, a test or completing a project, ask your child to tell you two stars and a wish, that is two things that went well and they are happy with and one thing they want to improve.
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