Encouraging Self-Expression and Self-Growth in Young Children
In this day and age, you want to teach your children that they can be anything they want. But society and culture may not be on your side. Yes, the world is becoming more aware of the fact that every person is different and they shouldn’t be forced to conform to do something just because it’s the society’s acceptable version. Yet, peer pressure forces them to sacrifice their own taste, just so they can fit in.
But this is why it is even more necessary for us to do all we can to encourage our youth to become more expressive and secure in their own creativity and personal growth.
Long-Term Effects of Limiting Self-Expressionism
There are far too many examples – in media and in culture – that tell us a story about the negative effects peer pressure and limitation can have on a person’s journey into adulthood. They can develop low self-esteem, become depressed and dependent on others to make a decision for them.
These children – when they grow up – aren’t able to develop their own personalities. In short, they’re not able to become the leaders of their own lives. And because of that, they are not able to reach their full potential. This forces them to lead an unhappy life, the reality of which they’re not even aware of.
Teaching the Importance of Creative Expressionism to the Youth
There are numerous steps one can take to nurture and nourish a youth’s social, emotional and mental growth. Simple ideas we can follow include:
- Teaching them the importance of art– Art has been used to express a broad spectrum of emotions for centuries. It’s important that foster this need of artistic expression. Other forms of art through which we can express emotions include drawing, dancing, theatre, sculpture and music.
- Encouraging uniqueness in style– Everyone has their own way of expressing themselves. Allowing our youth to express their style through fashion, or even encouraging them to make and craft their own style can expose them to another form of self-expressionism.
- Letting them choose their own interests– The younger generation is often pressured to choose activities they have no interest in, only to please their elders and those who have their own expectations from them. It’s important to give them the freedom to pick their own interests and make their own choices.
- Participating in leadership workshops– Organizations such as Youth with a Future host urban youth leadership development programs that help participants develop their leadership skills so they can recognize their full potential. Such programs encourage the youth by keeping them updated on global technological advancements, economic and political factors so that they have all the information they need to grow into responsible adults.
Our next generation of leaders needs to truly be aware of their responsibilities and their potential so they can give back to their communities and make the world a better place.