Empowering Kids through Children’s Literature
Books have provided children entertainment and education on certain aspects of life. Books even help in the development of a child. It may seem that these are the only reasons as to why there is children’s literature. However, children’s literature is a powerful means of empowering children.
But, why should we empower children? Any parent would want nothing but the best for their child. And the best thing a parent can give to a child is empowerment. Empowerment is best described as the act of becoming someone stronger, confident, and self-determined. Children are innocent little creatures. Empowering them provides a child the feeling of being valued, capable, control over their lives and future, and the realization that they have important roles in the world. Children should have the chance to stand on their own and engage with the world they are in.
There are ways to empower children such as giving them responsibilities, celebrating accomplishments, and leading them by example. Children’s books are good tools used to empower children. Parents teaching these children may not be enough. Through children’s books, this will provide children stories that will support and lead them to the journey of empowerment. There have been numerous children’s books published to this day that provide children empowerment. Jacquelyn Hester Colleton-Akins is an author of numerous books that provides empowerment to children. One of her empowering books are E-Babe and Prediction Stories.
As a parent, you may ask “what are the aspects empowered by reading children’s literature?” Hence, this article will answer the said question.
Develops Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem
As a child grows, it is important to have them feel good about themselves. Having confidence and self-esteem makes a child feel good towards his or herself. Confidence and self-esteem is taught and learned. Through children’s literature, a child’s shyness and social anxiety will be remedied. Developing self-confidence and self-esteem allows a child to feel comfortable in his or her own skin and most especially happy with who they are. A child who has low confidence and self-esteem can affect their overall behavior. These children will be too hard on themselves. They will think negatively about themselves and doubt their capabilities.
Children are likely to be dependent towards their parents. This is good, however, as a child grows to adulthood independence must be encouraged. There have been books that imparts to children the importance of self-reliance otherwise the child will be reliant on his or her parents’ support. Independence in relation to their actions and manner of thinking. Independence allows a child to grow and take a lead on their lives. Teaching them independence at an early age pushes the child to be doubtless of their talents and capabilities. A child will have his own likes, dislikes, and opinions.
A child is learning to ride a bicycle. The child keeps falling from the bicycle or the bicycle keeps on swerving. However, the child did not stop and continue practicing until the child learned how to manage it. This is what resiliency is. Building resiliency in a child means the ability of him or her to bounce back from whatever the challenges thrown at the child’s way. This is a life skill that can be taught not only by the environment they are in but through children’s literature. With resilience, this enables a child to handle and cope up easily with the stress and difficulties in life.
One important value taught by children’s books is respect. Respect towards others and respect to one’s self. Respect is the foundation of all positive relationships in life. Respect is an essential virtue that one must possess. It is something that one can easily recognize when someone possesses it or not.Children’s literature teaches respect as with respect comes politeness, tolerance, and good manners. Self-respect enables a child to better treat, respect, and value other people. Respect shapes a child to grow into a better person. Respect is taught by parents. Nonetheless, children’s literature teaches this as well through interesting stories that will engage a child.
Makes them Better Learners
Children’s literature opens a brand new opportunity to a child. The opportunity being a better learner. Not only does reading children’s literature provide entertainment, this develops the child’s skill and learning capabilities. Such capabilities are critical thinking, imagination, and creativity. Children’s literature provides avenues for children to learn. Children’s literature overlaps with other aspects of study like arts, linguistics, and so much more. The aforementioned capabilities help in a child’s development. Children’s literature is a good teaching tool as it teaches countless topics that makes a child a better learner. With a better learner child, a fruitful and successful future is assured.