Making sure that your child is influenced by positive role models will help them achieve more in life. Role modeling is either intentional with clear goals, or it’s haphazard with no control over who is modeling what. Today we look at the importance of positive role models.
Children look to role models to provide examples for behavior, ideas and values, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Role models serve as examples children copy in their activities and in interactions with others. Whether negative or positive, children make decisions about how to act, think and feel based on the influence of role models. Parents are the most important role models for children, but caregivers, other family members and friends who spend time with the child also are also role models.