Dear parents, every one of us here in the Hartford Catholic schools community is continuously applauding you for all of the hard work you do in raising your children. We know that sometimes it isn’t easy, and we are always here for you. That said, we are so happy that you share our belief in the importance of parents as role models.
As soon as your child is born, you become their whole world: their caregiver, their teacher, their family. Throughout their life, your child will look to you for guidance whether it be for behavior, beliefs, or attitude. The Center for Parenting Education explains:
Role modeling is one of the most powerful tools you have in your parenting tool belt to influence the direction of your children’s character, whatever their age. When used to best advantage, you can pass on the values you want your children to adopt so that they become the adults you would like them to be.
Today, with the world literally at your child’s fingertips through technology, it’s more important than ever for you to continue to be that role model who instills core values and the desire to create a world of good.
To that end, we have published several blogs that will help you remain an active role model in your child’s life:
- 5 Tips for Helping with Homework
- 5 Tips for Staying Connected in the 21st-Century Family
- How to Talk to Children About the News
- How You Can Help Your Child Live by the Golden Rule
- Lifelong Learning: In the Classroom and Beyond
- Parents: We NEED You!
“How can I continue to be a positive influence on my older child once they start exhibiting teenage independence?”
We were all teenagers once and we all remember what it was like to be that age and think we know everything. If only we could go back in time and talk to our younger selves. Sure, the teenage years are a tough time for pretty much everyone, but believe it or not, your child will continue to look to you for guidance, so don’t stop now. The Raising Children Network explains:
Recent research shows that teenagers generally stay close to their parents, and that they value and respond to their parents’ good opinion, advice, and support. Your child’s peers and friends will also be important in the teenage years. But parents and peers influence different things.
This site, while based in Australia, offers tips for being a role model to your teenager that are helpful no matter what continent you live on.
The Center for Parenting Education offers great tips as well and reminds us that:
As you consciously influence your children’s growth and development, you have the potential to positively impact your family legacy for generations to come. Each day, little by little, you can build a legacy of emotional health and resiliency for your children to inherit. Remember – what goes around, comes around, from one generation to the next.
What are some of the ways you’re a role model for your child? Let us know on our social media pages.