Kid or adult, everyone has a role model in his/her life. Some of them are celebrities, some are our relatives and for some, they are people around them.
However, adults don’t get influenced on a larger scale, kids do. Kids tend to replicate behavior and nuisance from their idols.
A good role model will have great benefits for your kid. A bad one will leave trails of disappointments on its path.
Kids can choose role models and companies on their own without knowing. As an adult and a parent, it’s your responsibility to help them choose the better one.
“Empathy, listening, patience, cooperation, positive communication and interaction, conflict resolution, respect, courtesy, manners, gestures, eye contact, humility and humour. These are the qualities that make you a good role model.” – Mark Grace
Try to be their role models: –
Kids look up to their parents primarily as their role models and idols. A kid will copy almost everything from its parents. Habits, behavior and even tone of talking would seldom be copied. Try to be a better version of yourself every day for the sake of your kid.
Introduce them to positive aspects: –
A negative surrounding will never have a positive effect, not on adults and not on kids. Improve and enhance their surroundings and vibe around them.
Alternative role models: –
Whenever you are not there for your kids to look up to, who takes the charge? Television and digital content. Make sure the content and channel they watch are friendly and polite. Characters in cartoon shows can be violent and rude, filter the content for them.
Notify them of good and bad role models: –
“The bad role models are everywhere on instagram and snapchat and youtube, the “wholesome” narrow minded anti-intellectual ones, the shady do anything for money/popularity.” – Terra Katchina
Introduce them to a well-behaved company for them. Not only looking up to adults, but kids learn from following their friends too. A few ice ones won’t hurt the apple of your eye for sure.
A kid has an individuality and firmness of his own character which should never be questioned. But, a heavier influence on his mind by a role model can’t be denied as well.
Influences have occurred when a kid notices and behaves like his role model. More or less, he tries to become a copy of his idol. As a parent, you must showcase positive as well as noble role models to help your child grow more maturely.