Youth Alternatives: Why role models are important to children

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CHEYENNE, Wyo - It’s important to keep in mind what a powerful effect a positive role model can have to help a child reach their full potential and place them on a positive life path.

James Baldwin said: “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they never failed to imitate them.”

Cheyenne Youth Alternatives sent us some ways you can be a positive role model for the children in your life include:

-Show Children They Matter to You
Be dependable and let children know they can trust you. Be present in the here and now: Really listen and really pay attention to them when you spend time together. Encourage and praise them for their efforts as well as for their achievements.

-Provide Support to Help Them Complete Tasks and Achieve Goals
Guide them through hard situations and issues by discussing positive ways they might handle a certain situation. Empower them and build their confidence to help them understand they have the ability to take charge of their own life. Let them know you will be their advocate and stand up for them when they need it.

-Expand Their Horizons
Discuss different possibilities for their future, from new activities to try to what they’d like to be when they grow up. Expose them to new ideas, experiences and places, which sometimes means getting out of your own comfort zone as well. Introduce your child to a variety of people who can help them grow and share different experiences with them.