The benefit to knowing yourself (self-knowledge) from a young age is tremendous. Getting to know your own nature i.e. your values, likes/dislikes, beliefs and goals, is a skill that I believe we all need to be guided and taught carefully how to apply. Did you know that it is linked to better resistance to social pressure, higher tolerance of others and respect towards those who are different to us? I believe that it also positively impacts our future decisions and choices that we have to make throughout our lives.
Fact: We make on average 35000 decisions per day!
How do we support our children on the journey to get-to-know themselves? You can start early with this journey through the art of enquiry. It is a brilliant way for parents to get to know our children at the same time as helping them learn to think about and recall what is important, what they believe in, their goals and what they like or dislike.
Please see our top ten questions to ask and discuss with children below:
1. What do you like about yourself?
2. What is your happiest memory?
3. What are you grateful for?
4. What is your proudest accomplishment?
5. What do you like to do for fun?
6. What are your strengths?
7. What are your goals for this school year? Why?
8. How are you different/Unique?
9. What’s something positive that you can say to yourself?
10. If you could have one wish granted what would it be?