Life Skill and Harmonious Personality of Adolescence

Introduction – Life Skill and Harmonious Personality of Adolescence

It is well said by Abigail Adams, “It is not in still clam of life on the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues. When a mind is raised and animated by scenes that engage the heart, then those qualities which would otherwise lay dormant, wake into life and form the character of a hero and the statesman. Adolescence is a transition period of development and adolescents are considered as the productive members of a society. Now a days the life of adolescents are becoming miserable due to many reasons including inappropriate home and school environment. They are becoming individuals who are less motivated, less confident and are engaging in antisocial activities and spoiling their valuable life.

Adolescence is a period when the intellectual physical, emotional and all the capabilities are very high but their antisocial activities and negative behavior are deteriorating all their capabilities and they are becoming a burden to the society.  Supporting life skill training through inculcating life skill education will help the adolescents to overcome such difficulties in life.

The word adolescence is Latin in origin, derived from the word adolescence, which means to grow into adulthood. In all societies adolescence is a time of growing up, of moving from the immaturity of childhood into the maturity of adulthood. The passage from, childhood into and through adolescence, as composed of a set of transitions that unfold gradually and that touch upon many aspects of the individual’s behavior, development, and relationships. These transitions are biological, cognitive, social and emotional.

Life skills has become a part of regular curriculum, schools researchers opined harmonious personality could be even more important than intelligence when it comes to students success in school because the greatest educational insert revolves around character or personality development.

We are the character Educator whether a teacher, administrator, director, counselor or even a school Bus driver helps to shape the character of the kids who interacts. It is the way we talk, the behaviour we model the values we transmit. Yes for better or for worse. We are already doing character education and shaping the personalities of our young ones.

Why children or Adolescents need life skills Education?

Everyone and anyone who wants to lead a meaningful life, needs life skills. They are applicable to all ages of children and adolescents in school. Since, young people in this age group seem to be most vulnerable to behavior related health problems. Life skills are thus needed for the promotion of good health and well being, rather than as an intervention aimed only at those already at risk.

Now a days there are various pressures on students.

  • Academic Pressure
  • Peer Pressure
  • Self expectations
  • Family issues
  • High parental expectations
  • Self image and Self esteem
  • Challenges of puberty and adolescence.

There are certain needs of Adolescents.

  • Exploring self and Identify: “Who am I” and exploring indentifies; personal, relational, vocational, spiritual, religious, ethical and sexual/romantic.Need autonomy with monitoring and support.
  • Acceptance from self and others: issues of self and esteem; Parent- child conflict wish for independence vs inability to be self-sufficient.
  • Mental Health: Rapid Physical and Psychological changes require adjustment of concept. Peer rejection and pear pressure. Critical period for formation of habits good or bad.

Life Skills falls into three basic categories which compliment, supplement and reinforce each other.

Social Skills or Interpersonal skills include

  • Effective Communication
  • Empathy
  • Assertiveness
  • Co-operation

Emotional skills includes

  • Coping with emotions
  • Coping with stress
  • Resisting peer pressure 

Cognitive or thinking skills include

  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative Thinking
  • Decision Making
  • Self awareness

Why developing life skills are important?

From the moment children are born they are on a journey to independence. But to live independently they need to learn essential life skills. Children need to learn not to waste mental energy worrying about what might happen to them instead they can put all their effort into making things happen. They need to learn not to become mentally stronger and as a result more successful and harmonious. Teaching them putting things a side that they have no ability to impact rather do what they can do. Be your own change but don’t try to make everyone else change. Children should learn that past is valuable. They should learn from their mistakes and others as well.

Life skills teach them to celebrate the success of others instead of being jealous about them. When a friend does something awesome, that doesn’t preclude them from doing something awesome but learning to draw a successful friends even closer. This will bring harmony in relations and inner peace which helps the child to have a sound mind in a healthy body. Life skills help to create and celebrate awesomeness wherever they find it.

Life skill education trains them to develop their inner power. It helps them to control their negative emotions like whining or complaining or criticizing because words have power. Whining about problems always makes oneself feel worse not better. In life skill education children genuinely learn to build relationship with others instead of impressing others with their clothes, possessions or accomplishments and they learn to count their blessings and be thankful for what they have.

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D Bhavna
Ms. Bhavna Sanjeev Principal, SS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Nagpur, Maharashtra Academic Synopsis: M.A. Sociology, Hindi and English Med, Post Graduation in School leadership and Management Pursuing PhD

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