College Nannies and Tutors Show How Role Models Improve Children’s Self-Efficacy

A study by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) identified several building blocks “that contribute to the development of self-efficacy in children and youth.”

Wayzata, MN (PRWEB) August 22, 2012 - No doubt a role model can positively affect a child’s life. Role models help set good examples and encourage positive habits. Even more, a good role model can help increase a child’s self-efficacy. Different from self-esteem, self-efficacy is the belief that one has the skills and ability to effectively achieve a goal. A role model like a nanny or tutor can improve self-efficacy in children various ways. A study by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) identified several building blocks “that contribute to the development of self-efficacy in children and youth.”

It is important to build self-efficacy in children to help with their future success. Here’s how a role model like a nanny or tutor can improve self-efficacy in children using these building blocks.

Tutors help with Mastery Experiences

Tutors are there to assist the student in developing study skills, understanding concepts, and developing the knowledge base to further the child in school. To develop efficacy, a child must attribute their success to “internal, stable, and global factors” such as getting a good grade on a math exam because a tutor helped the student understand the formulas and the student studied for the exam. Tutors do more than just help the student with mastery of skills but with the mastery of experiences meaning when the students attribute the good grade to an easy test, the tutor reminds the student of the hard work that went into making the test easy.

Nannies help children Observe Others

Not only do nannies help set a good example for children by modeling positive behavior for observation, but they also encourage the observation of the child’s peers for positive examples. One responsibility of nannies may be to bring a child to soccer practice. The nanny increases the child’s self-efficacy by saying something like “Watch Madelyn kick the ball, I know you can do it just as well.” When the child can relate to her peer and realize the truth in the nannies statement, her belief in her ability and skills improves.

The other building blocks include “Direct persuasion by others” and “Mood” which a nanny or tutor can also utilize when improving the self efficacy of the child. The NASP also suggests that adults can help improve their child’s efficacy with several simple actions.

  • Challenge negative thoughts
  • Teach goal setting
  • Notice, analyze and celebrate successes
  • Use process praise
  • Provide opportunities for mastery experiences
  • Be honest and realistic

While self-esteem is important, helping a child develop a belief in their skills and abilities is a life skill that does more than just help a child feel good about himself. A tutor can help with self-efficacy in school work and a nanny with other skills. Both a nanny and a tutor can improve a child’s life by improving self-efficacy. College Nannies and Tutors believes in the positive development of children and when selecting a nanny or tutor for a child, they seek responsible, reliable role models who have a passion for child care.

About College Nannies and Tutors

College Nannies and Tutors is the nation’s most complete resource for customized nanny and tutoring services. With strong and dedicated local ownership, College Nannies and Tutors franchises have been Building Stronger Families® nationwide since 2001 by providing role models from cradle to college. For more information on our full-service childcare solutions or customized tutoring for college bound students, call 952.476.0262, email, or visit or


Bobette Berno
College Nannies and Tutors



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