Our first role models are our parents of same sex.
When I was a kid, I used to imitate my father. I think all boys do that. And similarly all girls imitate their mothers.
But the challenge is somewhere else.
We, parents, often forget the fundamental concept that kids don’t learn by following instructions. They learn by following actions of their role models. In other words, they learn by seeing, not by hearing.
The only way to teach our kids, especially of same sex, is this. If we want them to follow rules, we need to practice driving below speed limits. If we want them to be polite, we need to be nice with our neighbors first. If we want them to have good habits, we need to sit beside them every day and read our books.
It’s scary! Isn’t it?
Abhimanyu Gupta lives in Chesterfield, Missouri with his wife Nilanjana & son Anusurya. His profession is software testing and his passion are music and books. He can be reached via Email, LinkedIn or Facebook.