Promoting a Toddler's Self Efficacy
September 29, 2012 1:50 PM Subscribe
I'd like to promote self-efficacy in my toddler, and am looking for different methods of going about it.
posted by cardamon to Human Relations (24 answers total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
My 2.5 y/o is a very smart boy, and shows promising signs of great character - curious, friendly, confident and easy going. Sitting with my wife today, talking about that, I realized he is quite formed - in that sense that people acquire their basic traits in the first few years of their lives. So I asked myself: is there something I'd like to strengthen about him, while I still can?* And the answer was: Yes. We want him to develop stronger self efficacy. We want him to be more determined when he's up to a task. We want to promote his longer-term dedication to stuff he's doing.
Now, we all know to encourage our kids when opportunity knocks - "You can do it! Yeah! You made it!" - but how do I bring about these opportunities? Do any of you have any ideas on how to deliberately create situations and activities that'll challenge him, demand an effort on his side, and be fun and rewarding to a toddler his age? A friend suggested sports as a direction, but that's a little vague - I'd be happy to hear more specific suggestions in this field, as in any other.
* To some, this may sound as if I'm not accepting my child for who he is. Let me assure you this is not the case: We make a continuous conscious effort to be empowering parents. It's just that we realize we have a role in shaping his character - and that our window of opportunity here closes fast.