Guest Blogger: Melanie Nichols
This March, we are sharing a special series of blog posts from Melanie Nichols. This series was originally posted in February 2021. You can find Melanie and her blog here. If you would like to submit to our blog, please email us.
“Your children will follow your example, not your advice.” This anonymous quote puts into words what most parents and teachers instinctively know to be true. All we need to do is think back to when we were kids. With some exceptions, the adults from our childhoods are typically remembered not for the words or wisdom they shared or instructions they gave but instead for how they presented themselves, how they treated us, and how they acted toward others.
Once we recognize the importance and long-lasting impact of the example we set in our homes and classrooms, we focus on being the best example we can. An article on GoodMenProject.com (link below) gives several concrete suggestions.
- explaining the thought process behind our decisions
- admitting our mistakes
- practicing good stress management
While this list is not inclusive, it gives us a good place to start! As loving parents and teachers, we want the best for our kids. That’s why we owe it to them to live by our best example. No one will ever be perfect, but by paying attention to the example we are setting, we can do right by our children and ourselves at the same time.