8 Ways To Be A Better Role Model
We all know the old saying “monkey see , monkey do”, and this is such a perfect example of how children copy adults in what they say and do.
We always should be on guard about how we are expressing ourselves in front of children.
I found a perfect article about how parents can be better role models for their children, written by Dr. Ronald D Snyder, and Arlene Fitzgerald.
Even though I gave you a link to this story, I an inserting part of the article in a quote, since I know from my previous experience, that these links do not work after a while, and a very useful information is no longer accessible to my readers.
Kids see, kids do. Our children look to us to know how to navigate the world. That’s how babies learn to smile — by grinning back at beaming parents. It’s why toddlers want to push the grocery cart or help wash the car.
1. Be adventurous with a fork. Sample healthy foods you haven’t tried before — maybe that’s arugula, pomegranates, quinoa or tofu. And, praise your child for trying something new, too — even one bite. You’ll help a picky eater warm up to new, nutritious choices.
2. Let your child see you in action. When you enjoy being active, you set a wonderful example for your kids. Let them know how great you feel when you exercise. And, look for fun activities you can do together.*
3. Get lost in a book. And, help kids find books they’ll enjoy. You’ll pass down a love of reading — and a valuable life skill. For starters, good readers tend to succeed in school.
4. Show kindness. Go out of your way to help others. Open a door, drive a neighbor to a doctor’s appointment or let someone cut in front of you in the checkout line. Suggest small ways your child can pitch in, too.
5. Practice gratitude. It’s contagious. Acknowledge favors with a smile and a sincere thank-you. Show kids how you write personal thank-you notes — and help them pen their own. Talk about how good it feels to let others know they’re appreciated.
6. Let off steam the right way. When you’re stressed or upset, be careful how you react. Remember who’s watching. Take a few deep breaths — or a brisk walk. And, encourage your child to try these self-calming tricks, as needed.
7. Spread a love of learning. Be curious and excited about the world around you. For example, take turns around the family dinner table sharing something you each learned today.
8. Rise up to challenges, big and small. Do your best to solve problems in a healthy way — for example, by taking responsibility and working well with others. And, praise kids when you see them solving problems independently. You’ll be building their self-esteem — helping them feel more competent and confident.