Being a good role model encompasses not only what you say but rather what you do in your everyday life. Your children are watching you everyday to learn the things that are not only expected by you, but also what is right and expected as a contributing member of society today. Thus, the things you do or do not do say volumes to your children whether you know it or not, and whether you like it or not.
For me, I have always felt strongly about service to others and this is one thing that I hope that I can share with my children. There is something to going out of your way and helping those in need that fulfills me and makes me feel that I am doing something small to change the world around me for the better.
There are many other ways that you can be a role model to your children other than acts of “doing” per se. How you relate to people, how you act around people. The way that you talk to and/or treat friends, family, etc. are all very transparent to our kids. We have to remember daily that we have a little sponge sitting next to us taking in everything and filtering it through there limited database of knowledge and calling it gospel truth, so beware, and realize the power that you hold to mold the mind of your children.
Today’s task is for you to sit down and come up with five ways you can be a better role model for your children. If you already have mastered this, come up with five things you have done to accomplish this. Once complete, come back and share these ideas with the rest of the group. I also recommend that you read the above articles, especially the first one for some other tips on being a great role model.
I am also interested to know about who your role models were and what they did to garnish your respect and admiration.