4 Role Models that Every Child Needs

A popular African proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Many parents have a story or two to verify the truth of this adage. Child rearing is a team sport. We rely on our support systems to help us meet the needs of our children. Amongst the collective of special people who contribute to our kids’ upbringing, are role models of all kinds. It’s human nature to seek out people we admire and want to emulate. One day your children will begin to search for role models of their own. When they do, make sure to surround them positive influences who you trust. Here are four role models that every child needs.

Famous Role Models

Fame is attractive. It’s no wonder many of us daydream of our chance to be amongst the stars. Though celebrity is rare, it’s natural to fawn over the power, talent and riches of the selected few. Because celebrities hold great influence on culture, entertainment and the latest trends, it’s important to guide your child toward positive celebrity role models instead of those we’d rather our children not imitate. Expose your children to people who are impactful, inspirational and bettering the community. Point them toward people who use their position for good. Children should have celebrity role models who set the bar high and encourage them to strive for greatness.

Family Role Models

Children also benefit from role models within the family. Immediate family, distant relatives and even longtime friends who’ve earned the distinction, can serve as role models. Unlike other types of relationships, with family your child is able to build a unique bond that comes with familiarity built over years. There is a different comfort and trust level, which gives your child the opportunity to engage in a way they can’t with others. Instead of only having the opportunity to admire from afar, your child will have the chance to frequently interact with their role model in a genuine manner. Because of this, family role models are the perfect bridge between children and their parents.

Peer Role Models

Peers have the power to affect the way one thinks, their self esteem and their daily choices, making them one the greatest influences in a child’s life. When you’re young, your reputation and others’ opinion of you can hold great weight. Peers’ ability to easily elevate or lower the social standing of the people around them heightens their importance in the eyes of your child. Consequently, children sometimes fall victim to the trap of negative influence. The best way to stay on the right path is to surround children with peers who motivate them to make beneficial choices. Your child needs friends who won’t embarrass or abandon them for doing the right thing. They need friends who they can look up to. They need friends who help them be the kind of child you raised them to be. The ideal peer role model reinforces the lessons you’ve instilled in your child instead of tempting them to do otherwise.

Teacher Role Models

Because your child already has you and several other influential adults around, a teacher role model may seem redundant. However, teachers garner a different type of respect. To earn the title of teacher, one must be a trained expert on a topic. Because the time spent in teacher-student relationships is strictly devoted to the selfless act of passing on knowledge, children tend to hold their teachers’ advice in very high regard. Consequently, students sometimes put more weight into their teachers’ opinion. This is especially true when it comes to academic or career advice. Teachers also make wonderful role models because they often communicate with parents and can reiterate messages that need to be restated.

Great role models can serve as a second line of defense when it comes to raising, encouraging and protecting your children. You will always be the first and most important example for your kids, but you can’t (and shouldn’t have to) shoulder that weight alone. Successful children grow by collecting valuable lessons from multiple sources and experiences. Positive role models can provide the extra boost of support parents need to raise happy, well-rounded young adults.

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Why Fit Mothers Make for Better Parents

Before you get up in arms, thinking that this is a body-shaming article, rest assured that this article is solely focused on empowering bodies of all types. Fitness is a spectrum, and being fit has almost nothing to do with the way you look and everything to do with the way you function and feel. When you work out and make positive fitness goals for yourself as a mother, you’re far more likely to parent positively and be a happier person all around. Not to mention the strength you develop when you exercise daily! All of that weight-lifting and cardio adds up to being able to chase after and keep up with playfully errant toddlers all day, every day.

In the end, what makes fit mothers better parents? Let’s find out.

Fit Mothers Have Greater Patience

When you’re exhausted, and you feel weak, it can be so much harder to have patience with a screaming kid who’s throwing spaghetti at the wall—and in your face. Luckily, exercising can help mitigate those circumstances.

Getting in a quick morning workout, even just jogging around the neighborhood with the kids in the stroller, makes it that much easier to have patience throughout the day.

Fit Mothers Know How to Manage Time

Speaking of making time for workouts in the morning, being a fit mother means being able to manage time really well. Any parent will tell you that having kids is a full-time, 24/7 job. So, when is there time to sleep, much less workout?

The answer is that fit mothers know how to manage their time. It’s a strength that comes from internal discipline—and also just from a need to stay on top of their fitness. In that way, fit mothers are like super-superheroes.

Fit Mothers Have More Energy

It’s just a fact that exercise gives you more energy. When you’re a new mother—or even if you’ve been a mother for many years—more energy is guaranteed to be at the top of your list of desires.

Having more energy no doubt makes you a better parent. When you’re not tuckered out at the end of the day, you’re able to do more with your kids and be a more engaging and present parent.

All of this is not to say that mothers who don’t exercise aren’t great parents. Parenting, like fitness, is a spectrum, and we all fluctuate from time to time. It’s always important, as with anything, to try to do your best no matter what.

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