Monday, 1 October 2012

Are role models vanishing?

                    Just who can our children look up to in today's society??

In light of recent news about one of my childhood heroes being accused of child molesting, I have begun to think about the role models children have and how they tend to turn out not as wonderful as we expected. The pop stars I looked up to have had affairs, taken drugs and have had lots of surgery to keep them looking younger. So, what hope is there for our children?

We cannot stop children looking up to celebrities, being it pop stars, film stars or children's presenters. They are part of their lives. An even bigger part of their lives are the adults in a child's family. If anything, they are the most important role models as they are the closest to them. Even those people these days are not the greatest of role models, depending on the type of family a child is bought up in. It is quite disturbing though when you think that even teachers can send children out the wrong kinds of messages in today's world.

I would like to think that our daughter has a fantastic base for role models. Our family is full of adults who can teach her a range of different skills as well as life experience. But it is also a good thing to remember that no family is perfect, and everybody makes mistakes. This is an important lesson for children to learn too, as well as for the adults!! By teaching children that it is ok to make mistakes as long as you learn from them, you are giving them a good base for life experience.

I suppose as a parent it is important to keep in mind who their children look up to in the celebrity world. There are some great role models out there too........let us not forget the Olympics!! Adults teach children so so much and many children aspire to be just like those around them. It does make you think about the way you convey yourself, whether as a parent or a practitioner.

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