Smile Notes: Never Late the Importance of Role Models for Children by Sharon Scott, LPC LMFT
By Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT
My father was a remarkable man in so many ways. He was from what many have called (and I agree) ‘the greatest generation.’ He served in WWII in the U.S. Army all over Europe. Daddy died on Memorial Day, 2004 at age 87.
He always had a twinkle in his eye thinking of something mischievous or funny to say. I think my dry sense of humor comes from him, and I’m quite proud of its source! One story that I often chuckle over is when he would tell, in all seriousness, about the time when he was almost late for work. He worked for the same government agency his entire life and was actually never late, but almost was one time!
How many of us have that level of responsibility and dedication? If we hope to instill it in our children then we must begin with ourselves as their role models. It can be as simple as getting prepared the evening before for work’and have your kids do the same for school. There could be a place to lay out clothes as well as a place for our briefcase, cell phone or keys. We would help them find a place for their homework, lunch money, books or backpack. Then we need to get them to school and ourselves to work on time.
If this organization was done the evening before, there might even be time for a healthy breakfast together! What a novel idea (oops, my dry sense of humor is showing). I ate breakfast every morning of my young life with my parents. It doesn’t have to be a big time-consuming breakfast’it could just be toast and fruit or cereal. This is a rarity nowadays as everyone is always in a rush. It would give us the energy to begin our day as well as the calmness of sitting with our family before the day begins.
Copyright 2017, Sharon Scott. No reproduction without written permission from author.
The guide for parents/educators on how to peer-proof children and teens is Peer Pressure Reversal: An Adult Guide to Developing a Responsible Child, 2nd Ed.
Her popular book for teens, How to Say No and Keep Your Friends, 2nd Ed., empowers kids to stand out,not just fit in!
A follow-up book for teens, When to Say Yes! And Make More Friends, shows adolescents how to select and meet quality friends and, in general, feel good for doing and being good.
Sharon also has a charming series of five books for elementary-age children each teaching an important living skill and "co-authored" with her savvy cocker spaniel Nicholas who makes the learning fun.Their book on managing elementary-age peer pressure is titled Too Smart for Trouble.
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