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The importance of self-awareness for your child

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Key points:

  1. Self-awareness skills are important for children as they develop and grow.
  2. These skills help children to understand and regulate their own emotions, as well as understand and empathize with others.
  3. Self-awareness skills develop over time and continue to grow into adolescence and young adulthood.
  4. Helping children develop self-awareness skills can lay the groundwork for success in many areas of life, including social, emotional, and academic development.

When we talk about children’s self-awareness skills, we are referring to their capacity to know themselves and, based on that knowledge, evaluate and respond appropriately to different personal and interpersonal situations. Thanks to self-awareness we know what we like, dislike, how were prone to react in certain situations, and how best to self-regulate our emotions and thoughts. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, these skills start developing around toddlerhood and continue to do so until adolescence and young adulthood, when a person’s personality settles a bit more after lots of self-exploration.


Having good self-awareness skills will help your child to:

  • Understand their own feelings, thoughts, and subjectivity.
  • Understand that their mind is unique and separate from other people’s.
  • Make the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
  • Comprehend that other people are equally valuable than them, even if they think differently.
  • Estimate how difficult or easy something might be.
  • Understand their own strengths and develop a sense of self-worth and pride.
  • Admit their mistakes and accept help.
  • Develop empathy for others, as well as compassion for themselves.
  • Notice in what situations and with what things they struggle, and to identify how to work on it.
  • Think about how their actions might impact other people.

Because we constantly need to use our self-awareness skills in a myriad of different situations, and these skills lay the groundwork for many other social, emotional, and academic aspects of development, it’s important to help your kid develop their self-awareness skills. Your little one will reap the benefits of this throughout their life.

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