The importance of being a role modelF
lip side of the same coin.
“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
“Like father, like son.”
There is one thing common in all the phrases which is children taking after their parents! So the bottom line is that for better or for worse, your prodigy would follow you and not someone else hence you are role models for your children.
According to few researchers done in the past; Children tend to grow up to be a lot like their parents. Social scientists and genetic researchers have identified many cycles that loop from one generation to the next. In a sense, people who smoke are more likely to see their children smoking. Children who are abused are more likely to abuse their own children in future. It’s as simple as saying “what goes around, comes around” except for the fact that it’s not a song being sung by Justin Timberlake but the future of your child relying completely on you!
Now that you are the role model for your child whether you like it or not, what should you be doing is a question you may ask? You should ideally challenge yourself to identify the positive things you can role model for your kids like happiness, consideration, self respect, patience, generosity, self-discipline, diligence, kindness, bravery, and compassion. What you do is what your child would imbibe from you. What you eat, how much you exercise, and how you look after yourself will all influence your child. It might be a good idea to take down a note of all the things you do and figure out where you are going wrong and what would be a right thing to do!
Few quick pointers for you to follow when it comes to being a role model for your kids.
- Include your child in family discussions and give him input into family decisions, rules and expectations.
- Try to practice what you preach. Teenagers do notice what you do.
- A healthy life style is what you should aim for. Avoid making negative comments about your body or about people around. Let there be peace and harmony.
- Shoe your child that you indeed love learning and education. If you would make it look fun then your child is most likely to look at it the same way
- Take responsibility for yourself by admitting your own mistakes and talking about how you can correct them. Try not to blame everything that goes wrong on other people or circumstances.
It just takes a little thing on your part to make your child go on the right path. Don’t just let your child wander because in today’s time GPS can help you track your child but you can’t track your child’s lost ethics and manners.