How socializing agents can influence the development of children’s self-esteem both positively and negatively

How socializing agents can influence the development of children’s self-esteem both positively and negatively

What Builds Healthy Self-Esteem?

Positive self-esteem helps children succeed in school and in life. Your course text discusses the ways that family, school, peers, mass media, and community act as socializing agents that can influence the development of self-esteem. To explore the topic of self-esteem further, review the “Influences on the Development of Self-Esteem” section of your text (pages 442-446). Also review the article by early childhood authority Lilian Katz, “How Can We Strengthen Children’s Self-Esteem?”

As you review these readings, consider the following:

  • How socializing agents can influence the development of children’s self-esteem both positively and negatively
  • The relationship between praise and self-esteem
  • Strategies that resonate with you for supporting children’s developing self-esteem
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