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Trial and error is a valuable way for a child to master new skills and – in the process – to develop self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities.

These qualities are the foundation of future success. Stimulating children through praise and encouragement is one of the most important skills that parents need to develop in order to build self-esteem in children. Those who feel good about themselves are more likely to form nurturing relationships and to meaningfully engage with the world around them.

We encourage those youngsters who attend our centre for street children to compile personal diaries charting milestones in the work we do together. Inside they paste certificates and diplomas, copies of daily assessments, photos of cherished events, drawings and collages and narrative stories. This activity enables children to tell their parents how they are developing as young individuals with their own competences and ambitions.

During a special event – “My success” – held on 28.02.14 in the complex the concept was demonstrated to the parents who were asked to sign the book to acknowledge the achievements of their sons and daughters. The visual diaries allow children to share their success with significant adults – parents, teachers, social workers and educators in the complex.

The idea is simple – to focus on step-by-step achievement and to allow children to celebrate what they CAN do as opposed to being berated for their failures and deficiencies.

At the end of the celebration the children sang, gave recitations, danced and – with their parents – enjoyed educational games and activities.