Change is hard for almost anyone, adults and children alike. Children are often surprised when it becomes apparent that their own identities and those of their friends change over time. A kid who once loved superheroes now loves Harry potter but will eventually identify most as a basketball player. Another child who identified as a skateboarder and badminton player eventually identifies as a science lover and book worm. Children change!
Help your child reflect on personal identity by asking the question “Who am I?” Your child will learn that people’s identities change over time and that adolescence is a period when people typically explore questions about who they are. Ask each member of the family to answer the question “Who am I?” Follow up by asking which are the most important aspects of each person’s identity and why.
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.