on August 21, 2019

The importance of positive role models

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We use to be raised by a village. In cave men times the whole village raised our children. This was a conscious choice that many societies still practice today. The reason that the African proverb resonates: “it takes a village” to raise a child is the many benefits that many role models provide.

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When a child follows the example of any adult, they will pick up habits and perspectives that could last a lifetime. Today we are lucky if we are raised by our extended families, but more often than not we don’t live in communities that are collaborative or near one another. Geographical distance, family breakdown, multiple caring responsibilities, and the long-hours culture have all contributed to their being less connectedness between extended families.

Children who have good, strong role models to follow have a better chance of developing a positive lifestyle. They can rely on the wisdom and support of others outside of their immediate family. Less than half a century ago if a child needed advice with a school project, there would most likely have been a grandparent, an uncle, an aunt or a cousin just down the road who would be able to give much-needed reassurance, advice and support. But today many are parenting without family or even friends nearby, and we are the poorer for it.

While we have more communication possibilities than ever before, many parents feel the isolation of bringing up their children. It is so important to build that community around your child today. Parenting is not easy and knowing your child has others that have his/her best interests at heart builds a base of support for the entire family. For many children, the most important role models are their parents and caregivers. Children look up to a variety of role models to help shape how they behave in school, relationships, or when making difficult decisions.

TutorBright has a role to play in that extended support. Our tutors are all great role models. They spend a lot of time getting to know your child and what makes them curious, excited and tick. Having a peer teach your child and set a great example around the love of learning is invaluable. They play a role is teaching your child how to communicate with others, show interest and sometimes proficiency in many things, they get the courage to get out of their comfort zone and explore other activities.

We take the role of mentor and role model seriously at TutorBright. We know that our role cannot be replicated in the classroom. Not only do the tutors have a role in educational enrichment, but career exploration, educational aspirations and development of self-esteem.

If you are interested to talk to our expert Education Team about how we can help support you and child through tutoring then get in touch on 1300698886. If you are interested in our free assessment then simply complete our online form and we'll be in touch. 

Dan MacInnis - Parent

Danielle is a marketing consultant and mother of 13 year old boy.