You are your child’s first role model. You are your child’s first and best teacher. Your baby learns from observing you, how you interact with him and other people, and the way you go about your daily tasks. Your relationship with your child is his first and most significant, and it will create the basis for the relationships he will make with others in the future. Babies learn through imitation. Take advantage of this and use his copycat instincts to encourage the desired behaviour.
In this post I discuss the following topics:
As your baby grows, your influence on him will become more obvious.
By giving your baby lots of positive attention; he learns to value himself, by reading to him, teaching him healthy habits, and treating him with care and love, he will be better equipped to form positive relationships with other people and develop healthy habits in adulthood. Modelling this behaviour in your own life is equally important.
If you take care of yourself, your child will learn to do the same. If your child learns the importance of healthy food, physical activity, and taking time to sleep and relax at an early age, she is more likely to continue these habits into adulthood.
Unfortunately, it is a well-known fact that children do as you do, and not as you say…so how can you as a parent elicit the desired behaviour from your child?
Your toddler watches you to get clues on how to behave in the world. You’re her role model, so use your own behaviour to guide her. What you do is often much more important than what you say. As difficult as it often can be, lead by example: If you want your child to say ‘please’, say it yourself. If you don’t want your child to raise her voice, speak quietly and gently yourself. Each day your child is learning lots, from new words to new emotions. As she gets older she may be spending more time away from you, at preschool, daycare, or friends’ houses, it is important to remember that you are still your child’s first and best teacher.
By demonstrating healthy habits and positive relationships, you encourage your children to do the same. What she learns at home and from you forms the benchmark for how she will interact with other people and the way she views the world. You influence your child in uncountable ways through your behaviour, manners and language.
Let’s look at some Developmental Milestones and how you can impact positively on them:
Take a moment to think about what sort of person you would like your child to become. Jot down the morals and values that are important to you and evaluate your own behaviour. Is there anything you need to change in order to encourage the desired behaviour in your child? Now put it all into action.
Here are a few areas you might like to consider:
Good luck and remember: you CAN and DO have an enormous impact on your child’s’ character. Handle it with care.
I am a preschool and primary school teacher and mum to 3 children. I have been involved in education since 1997 and have trained in a variety of educational specialist areas. It is with this expertise that I write articles to help parents and educators provide quality learning experiences for the children in their care.