Children build self esteem by accomplishing goals. Helping your child to identify goals and praising them when they meet these goals reinforces their good behavior. For children, identifying easily obtainable goals and increasing these goals and/or adding new goals helps them to become life-long learners in goal setting. So how does all this relate to the world of recreation?
For the little bitty ones in our Tiny Tots program, a child of that age may be asked to make sure that they have on proper Tiny Tots shoes before leaving for class. A parent may help the child identify which of shoes in their closet are appropriate for wearing to Tiny Tots. Then each day before going to the Tiny Tots program, the parent would ask the child, “Do you have on your Tiny Tots shoes?” If yes, the child is praised for obtaining the correct shoes, and if not, the child is simply asked to put on the correct shoes. An explanation as to why the shoes are the correct choice and a simple, “Now, there you’ve got it, off to school you go” is a positive corrective action.
Elementary school-age children who are engaged in sports may be required to prepare three items before leaving for a soccer game such as correct shoes with socks, team shirt and a water bottle. Young children do very well with imagery so if they don’t remember their list of items from one week to the next, make a pictorial list. You can even take photographs of the correct shoes and their team shirt to help them identify the items.
The bottom line is that when a child is capable of doing a task for themselves, it should be their responsibility to do so, this is how you build strong, self sufficient, confident and well-rounded children who then become self sufficient, confident and well-rounded young adults.
Let’s face it, life is a practice field and we are all seeking to perfect our game.
The new Parks and Recreation Department brochure for September 2012 - February 2013 is now available at the Recreation Department office at 900 Arizona Street, and it can be viewed at www.bcnv.org. For the most efficient service to our patrons, each family should have a Household Information Form on file and update it annually as this gives the department the most up-to-date information to service you and your family.
For further information, please call 702-293-9256 or visit bcnv.org.