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Who is your child's role model?
Monday, 16 June 2014 00:00

7 Characteristics of Positive Role Modelling

More than 75 percent of children say family members, family friends, teachers, coaches and community leaders are their role models, according to the 2008-2009 State of Our Nation’s Youth survey by the Horatio Alger Association. Fewer than 25 percent say entertainment figures, artists, sports figures and national or international leaders are their role models. No matter how much television your child watches, he's most likely watching you or another familiar adult more closely to decide how he wants to lead his life.

Positive Effects of Role Models

Research shows that 56 percent of adolescents identified with role models. Those who identified with role models they knew personally showed higher levels of self-esteem and stronger academics.

Who is Your Child's Role Model?

It is easy to assume, in a media-driven culture, that your child’s most influential role model is his favourite musician, actor, athlete or political leader. But according to research, only 13 percent of high school students claim their most influential role models are entertainment figures or artists. Fifty-seven percent say role models are family members. Of those, 36 percent say their mothers are their role models. Twenty-eight percent identify with their fathers. The other 36 percent identify with other family members.

Parents as Role Models

Have you nailed it as a parent?
Sunday, 01 June 2014 00:00

21 signs you have nailed it as a Parent

1. You can eat with one hand while holding a baby on your hip and soothing the sobbing toddler attached to your leg.

2. Date night now features a Shirley Temple with someone less than four feet tall and a stop at Buy Buy Baby, Costco, or both.

3. You no longer expect the gentle caress in the middle of the night to come from your partner; you anticipate it from the tiny tyke who wants you to know he got up to pee in the potty. And you're glad that he did (both pee in the potty and share his pride in the pre-dawn hours!).

4. You develop X-ray vision that enables you to take temperatures and administer medicine in the dark -- in addition to locating lost blankies, loveys, and pacifiers with only the moonlight as your guide.

5. You pull out the sweater you wore last winter and, realizing that it has dried boogers or breast milk (or both!) on it, you put it on, smiling with nostalgia at what a difference a year makes.

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