Every success story gives us hope that there is no limit to success. Lives of extraordinary people show that no one is born great but can work to be great. Pass on this inspiration to your child by making him aware of how great men and women of the world have achieved great heights.
You yourself are the most influential role model
Children take their parents as their role models. Exhibit all the qualities you wish your child has. Say sorry if you want your child to accept his faults, respect elders to make your child mannered, be kind to others to in still generosity, set goals and achieve them to motivate your child and so on.
Praise your child when he demonstrates the same qualities
When your child takes up a community project or shows perseverance in his game or performs on the stage with the confidence of a star, lavishly praise your child. Also explain to him how he is closely following his idols.
Help him identify positive and role models
Read books on historical figures, make a scrapbook of successful people, discuss the newspaper to show how people are solving social issues. discuss their qualities and help him choose his role models.
Let your child choose his role models
May it be a bollywood star, a cricketer, a painter, a singer – let your child decide which personality inspires him. Don’t criticize his choice even if you disagree. Look for positive aspects like the hard work done by that person and be specific if you don’t like something instead of saying ‘he is bad.’
Let your child imagine to be like his role model
Your child will get pumped up when he’ll imagine he is serving aces like Sania Mires on the tennis court, delivering his speech like Indira Gandhi or leading his team like the prime minister. He’ll be motivated to absorb qualities of their role models and tread on the path of success in life.
This article appeared in Hindustan Times