The Block Island Times

Being a role model

By Sheridan Fisher Carley | Sep 20, 2011

Mahatma Ghandi once said “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”

As parents, the most important job is to set examples in our behavior for children. A parent is the primary teacher and all our school systems are the secondary teachers.

You as a parent can make a difference by being compassionate, kind and honest. Along with parenting goes a multitude of attitudes.

Helping children have an optimistic outlook on life helps them follow their dreams and encourages them to set goals for the future and find their passion for life. Anything can be, especially, if you persevere! That is success. An example of a wonderful childhood book for perseverance is “The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper. Many a college entrance essay has been written on the words in this book. “I think I can, I think I can. I know I can!”

We can set the example for our children by acting on this. They will try harder in their lives. Here is a negative example turned into a positive:

Emily came to me one day while we were playing “Hansel and Gretel.” She so much wanted to be the witch, I said to her “Do you think you could be a really mean and scary witch? She said, “Yes, because I know I am scary.”

After a few times of doing the play, I asked again who would like to be the witch. Emily kept volunteering, so I finally said. “Emily, why do you always want to be the witch?” Emily answered, “My father calls my Mommy a witch all the time and she can be scary and mean and I want to be just like my Mommy!”

Well, a conference was had with the parents. Mom was mortified and now her husband calls her “Angel.”

Emily now wants to be an angel.

Until next time…

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