What makes a successful child?
Some variation of this question is a key issue for almost every parent. We guide our children, help them, discipline them, encourage them, redirect them and worry over them all with the hope of helping them have a good life.
This article by Albert Bandura, although quite academic, is filled with wisdom. I encourage you to close your other web pages, get a fresh cup of coffee, and try to digest it. Let me summarize four key points. The development in a child’s belief in their own abilities (the key to success) is helped along by four things:
- Mastery Experiences
- Vicarious experiences of social models
- Social persuasion
- Moderating and interpreting somatic and emotional states
The article introduces these four points in Section I, and then unpacks them throughout. Give it a read, it could positively impact your approach to parenting.