There is an African proverb which says ‘When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you’. Self-confidence and self-esteem are crucial if children are to achieve their full potential. Children learn from a very early age to feel inadequate and have negative beliefs about their abilities and appearance.
Parents and educators in all sectors have a responsibility to ensure that as much attention is given to this so-called ‘soft’ aspect of their development as that given to other seemingly more important areas such as academic subjects. If we are to build resilient young people capable of taking their rightful place in a rapidly changing and demanding world, their emotional well-being is very much dependant on the fostering of self-esteem.
Ross McWilliam has identified that transition stages in the life of a young person are ones in which particular attention needs to be paid to nurturing a sense of positivity, and has created a very valuable and immensely informative set of resources to address the transition period between primary and secondary school. Adults and children alike will be both challenged and educated, through the interactive and measurable medium of ‘The Amazing Journey of CUPPA’. What an amazing body of work this is!