Kids who have self-awareness do a better job self-monitoring. That means your child is able keep track of what he’s doing (either in learning or socially) and figure out what’s working and what’s not working. Self-awareness also leads to self-reflection—thinking over things that happened in order to find ways to make things work better next time.
Daniel Goleman is an internationally known psychologist and science journalist, and the author of the 1995 best-seller, Emotional Intelligence. He was also one of the co-founders of CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.