What Parents Think About Pride

July 18, 2019

As we posted recently, Kiddie Academy’s featured Character Education trait in July is Pride. We were curious to find out what parents do to instill a sense of pride, self-esteem and encouragement in their children. So, we decided to commission a national survey1 of over 1,000 parents to get their opinions on the subject.

The findings were both interesting and hopeful. More than 80% of parents believe their children are proud of who they are. The survey also found that most parents are comfortable encouraging their children in a practice or activity they love, regardless of social norms (93%).

“It’s never too early for kids to build self-confidence and learn a sense of pride to help them become well-rounded people who believe in their own abilities,” said Richard Peterson, vice president of education at Kiddie Academy. “Knowing parents take extra care in praising their children for overcoming fears, showing kindness to others and so much more warms our hearts at Kiddie Academy.”

Our survey’s findings showed that about 60% of parents think “having confidence and self-respect” best defines the concept of “pride” to their kids. Other highlights include:

  • When asked what would make respondents feel most proud of their children, 34% reported seeing them happy
  • More than half of parents show their children they’re proud through physical affection such as hugs, high fives and pats on the back; 40% express it through affirmations and words of encouragement.
  • When it comes to teaching a young child to take pride in their work, 33% of parents said it is best to have an open and honest discussion.
  • Only 5% of parents shared that physical rewards (such as money or presents) are the best way to teach pride to their children.
  • 72% of parents agree that it’s not necessary for young children to receive a medal or trophy in sports even when they don’t win.

“Self-esteem and pride are powerful tools to help children grow into capable, confident citizens,” said Peterson. “Seeing our students come into their own and be proud of who they are in and out of the classroom brings us joy as educators.”

[1] This independent survey of over 1,000 parents was conducted via Pollfish