Susan asks…

Are you looking for self-employment in socio-economic research & development activities?

IRDA has designed a scheme SSEG for self-employment of graduates/post-graduates in every district town of India and details of the scheme visit www.irda-india and submit your application form online for DLC or facilitator as per your potential.

MKWeb answers:

Sure, I will check it out.

Sandy asks…

How to work on self-development?

What activities develop self-confidence? I know it is a huge subject, any books you could recommend?

MKWeb answers:

Self confidence is increased by success. Regretfully, achieving success means also achieving failures along the way. Murphy, of Murphy’s laws, was optimistic in that there was a venue to deal with failures as an easy to handle and often funny aspect to dealing with failures.

If something can go wrong, it will, usually at the worst possible time and in the most catastrophic way. No one ever says if Murphy ever got it right, they just laugh with him at the failures.

Laughing at your failures is difficult for young adults because they are formulating their sense of self. The old expression about “my parents were idiots up until I was 18, they’ve been getting smarter every year sense.” Expresses that young people are so intense on not being wrong, they miss the fact that they are.

Mary asks…

What would a good activity be that will encourage a child’s emotional and self development?

MKWeb answers:

Any activity will encourage emotional and self development.

Painting: with fun thing like string,cue tips.
Gluing: cotton balls, all diff kinds of paper they cut.
Coloring: with chalk on the ground
Even climbing outside, Pull out a balance beam, or simply put chalk on the ground and pretend your walking a tight rope.
Play bean bag games.

Everything they do helps build awareness of self, our job is to make them confident and encourage them while they do it. Making things fun makes it easier.
We need to remember what we say, and how we help the kids effect their self development as well. Their projects are theirs. If they do not come out like you want, SO WHAT, they came out like the child wanted it. This helps the child more than you know.
If a child slips a little wait and see if they want your help. Don’t push your self on a child assuming they need you. They like being independent.
Ask children would you like my help?
And if you really want to make them feel good and help develop their self development. Sometimes ask them for help. Or ask them what kind of activities or art they would like to do. You’ll be amazed.

Nancy asks…

Good after-school activities for social development?

What would be some good activities, such as games, to do in an after-school program with elementary children? They should address things such as positive relationships, bullying, self-confidence, etc.
Oh yeah, and if it could be Montessori-friendly, that would be good too.

MKWeb answers:

I would include songs and stories. There are many good children’s books. Please check with a librarian at the school or your public library. I can think of one called the The Recess Queen which is about a girl who bullies kids on the playground.

Paul asks…

Sociology: development of Self-Concept, life example?

I am writing a paper on how our self concept is derived from society, and the roles that we play. Then I am supposed to back it up with an example from my OWN life that shows this process.

I am using Mead’s theory of Stages to describe how self concept is derived. –>

(0-2yrs) The Imitation stage – infants learn to tell themselves from others (self conscious) by observing their parents

(4-7yrs) Play stage – play a variety of social roles and develop basic understanding of adult roles begin to see themselves how others see them (Cooley’s Looking-Glass Self)

(8+yrs) Game stage- structured activities, children incorporate and understand the pressures of society.

ANY IDEAS? I am having difficulty thinking of an experience that shows that process.

MKWeb answers:

Take Mead’s metaphor literally:then go backwards.

The game stage: playing football and realising that you belong to a team in whicheveryone has a specific role and that each of you belongs to a kind of network interdependent on each of the other roles

the play stage: playing football again but here the game is between the goal keeper and ten centreforwards. All the players other than the goal keeper have only this one to one concept of the game and they all want to be the one who shoots at th goal

imitation stage: no concept of a football game but the infant loves to play peek-a -boo – and by smiling and laughing inveigles everyone who comes near them to playing it with them. This is because peek-a-boo (ie hiding your face for a second then popping up again) the baby reinforces their earliest ability to understand that they are separate from the other with whom they are intereacting and can also understand that when the other disappears they havent gone forever.

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