You might not realize it, but you're a job model. Previously or any other, a child somewhere has researched for you. By simply becoming an adult, you possess an influence on kids' lives. In the end constantly publish our activity on all types of social media, we have an even more extended reach and influence, which is likely accompanied by the younger generation. We're older, wiser, and therefore know what is right and what's wrong. Sound like a lot of pressure?
Well it is and we can't take this lightly.
Think about the people you researched to like a kid. Your role models most likely were seniors in your life; neighbors, teachers, parents. You wanted to become much like them whenever you grew up, which means you probably tried to mimic their behavior. Kids nowadays can look up almost anyone on Instagram and who knows who they might be looking at. Scrolling with the popular page now, I'm not sure if I would want the kids being influenced by young adults these days. It is so essential for us to guide by example, and check out the we perpetuate within our lives.
Instead of demonstrating INSECURITY, you should be encouraging SELF LOVE.
We teach young kids when there's something about ourselves that people don't like, especially physically, only then do we should change it out. Young minds are so impressionable that people must ensure we're embracing imperfections and showing kids it's okay to appear not the same as the individual in your right or left. Kids have to know that it's okay to appear unique, so we have to embrace being ourselves and loving ourselves for their sake.
Instead of glorifying LAZINESS, we should be showing DETERMINATION.
On the opposite end of that, with the demand for phrases like “I can’t even” or “Namastay in bed”, the perpetuation of laziness among teenagers has grown greatly. We're confusing effortless with laziness, and contains been deemed uncool to look like you’re trying too hard. Why shouldn’t we be encouraging one another, and kids, to continually strive to do our best? What ever became of 'if initially you don’t succeed, try again'? We have to stop celebrating mediocrity and bring back determination and giving ourselves a pat around the back for a job well done.
Instead training FEAR, we should exhibit KINDNESS.
I'm all for teaching kids about stranger danger and I can understand fully that folks be worried about their children’s safety. However, kids shouldn’t learn how to fear every person who might smile because they walk by. Today, we are afraid of anyone who differs and whose values might not completely match our very own. We can't let children grow up so close minded. We have to embrace differences among people and never demonstrate such judgmental thinking.
Kids improve by observing and we're teaching the next generation far more than we even realize. We influence the children within our lives, not just directly at family barbecues, but indirectly on social networking too. By obsessing over dietary fads, tweeting questionable racist remarks, or posting pictures about being soooooooo lazy, we're showing younger people it's okay to complete all these things too.
Now you know you’re a role model, try to put forth your best self and demonstrate good values you would would like your child to follow. No pressure!