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How do you become a role model for your kids?

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What parent doesn’t want the best for their kids? The first thing you learn when you have children is that children don’t listen to what you say. Instead, the copy what you do. In other words, kids learn by mimetism, which is why people who tend to shout when they lose their temper struggle with loud and screaming kids. Ultimately, you can’t blame kids for following in the footsteps of their parents! But if you want your kids to have the best chances in life, you have to be the role model for your kids for them to develop their skills, personality and qualities.

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Become a role model for your kids

Show them what to do

Everything starts when they’re small. Most new parents struggle with their first baby. It’s not uncommon to feel powerless and wonder how you’re going to cope with your routine when you’re trying to take care of a little one at the same time. In fact, now is the best time to develop your role model skills. Babies are quick to pick up hints from your behaviors, so you’re making your first steps as a role model by teaching your baby the difference between day and night. Be active during the day and quiet at night, so that they can learn to reproduce the same pattern.

Christian Kuhn, 12, prepares to shoot the basketball against Anthony Bennett, a program assistant at Tolson Youth Activities Center, Aug. 19. The two were participating in Sports Authority, a Child, Youth and School Services program aimed at teaching youth character and sports skills. (Photo by Tina Ray/Paraglide)


Encourage them to follow their passion

As a role model, it doesn’t mean you should expect your kids to want to be like you. But they will learn from your behavior. That’s precisely why it’s critical that you show support for the activities that define who they are. Don’t judge their passions, but instead help them to develop the skills they need to pursue their interests. If they love football, you can find high-quality training programs from Does your kid love to draw? You could buy them an easy tutorial guide to help them draw their favorite characters, for instance.


Teach them healthy habits

Eating habits are developed at a young age. In fact, kids who were taught unhealthy habits such as eating sugary snacks and unbalanced meals are more likely to struggle with weight and health issues in later years. As a parent, it’s your responsibility to help your kid enjoy healthy food, with these fun ideas with Make Completing Your Baby’s Routine a Lot Easier. This means that cookies and cakes should only be a treat, and not an everyday snack. Instead, you can bring creative snacks into the kitchen, from cauliflower popcorn to fruity pops. With a little bit of creativity,  you can show them that healthy doesn’t mean dull.

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Encourage your family to share casually

It’s fair to say that most parents feel at a loss with teenagers. The only reason teens avoid talking to their parents is because parents forgot how to be a role model. If you want to talk, keep it casual, and more importantly make it a habit. You want to maintain the trust of your kids. Therefore it’s essential to show them that you trust them to by not playing detective behind their back. Finally, remember not to judge them. Teens are trying to figure out their place in the world. Mocking and judging won’t help.

The bottom line is that having kids changes you. You need to consider how your behavior impacts on someone else. From a clear structure that shows the right from the bad to demonstrating support, there’s no secret: Good parents are those who remember what it’s like to be a kid!

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