The Competent Child
Supporting children’s social and emotional competence
The competent child is the one who is capable, not only in their eyes, but in the eyes of those around them. The competent child is not pushed to be competent, but rather provided an encouraging environment that helps them succeed and allows them to build self-confidence. The competent child recognizes their ability to contribute to their environment. This builds self-esteem, self-awareness and an interest in their own motivation (Staley, 1998).