Meaningful Mondays: Be A Role Model

Women of Midlife be a role model

Meaningful Mondays: Women of midlife be a role model

Around the time of International Women’s Day, a post popped up in my Facebook timeline for a post I had published a year ago.  It was called Be a Woman of Influence‘ and I would love you to read my thoughts on this important subject.

As we reach midlife and beyond it becomes even more important to be a role model for others – especially our children and grandchildren.  I mind my grandson Ethan (whom I adore) each week and it is surprising how he is influenced by me and my actions.

Little ones are like sponges and soak up so much information, so it is important that our actions and words reflect the values we want our children to have as they grow.  I’m passionate about health and I try to keep fit and healthy so I can keep up with Ethan and play with him at the park.  Hopefully, I am teaching him to look after his health and well being.

There are many ways you can be a role model and the most important way is to be honest with yourself and to stay true to yourself.

 

Women of Midlife be a role model

It is our responsibility as parents and grandparents to lead by example and teach your family to be loving, independent people who value themselves.  That means valuing and respecting ourselves.  For how can we teach them if we don’t believe those values ourselves?

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Think about how you influence your children and grandchildren?  Are you a role model they will be proud of?

 

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26 thoughts on “Meaningful Mondays: Be A Role Model

  1. Leanne | crestingthehill

    My whole parenting (and grandparenting) style is based on NOT doing it the way my parents did Sue. I want to be invested in my kids and have them know how much I value them. Seeing them go on to being successful, decent human beings is the reward for our efforts isn’t it?

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      It certainly is the reward Leanne and your children and Sophia are very lucky to have a Mum/Nan like you. Such a positive role model and influence on their lives. Have a beautiful day my friend. x

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I know my grandson imitates me Shirley so I try to be mindful of my behaviour. He is my role model for enjoying the simply things in life. Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by x

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  2. Jennifer

    This is going to be a long comment….be forewarned. The other day I shared a FB post that I thought was so important about what we teach our children—whether it was a true situation or not, matters not at all. The post was about a mother who was called to school because her daughter hit another student. When she got there she found out that the daughter hit a boy who had been snapping her bra strap even though she repeatedly told him to stop. The Principal, teacher and other mother were looking for her to do something about it, so she did: she asked if they were wondering if she was going to press charges for sexual assault. She then went on to point out that it wouldn’t be OK for the male teacher to snap the bra of a female teacher, that it would be considered sexual assault, so why are they brushing off this incident as something that her daughter should have ignored. By telling the girl to ignore the behavior (that’s what her male teacher told her to do) and not addressing the offender, the teacher was basically saying this type of behavior was permissible. Which in turn leads to adults who think it’s ok to sexually harass women on the street or in the workplace. This mother taught her daughter that it was ok to protect herself, that she should never let a boy or a man make her think this behavior was acceptable….and hopefully, she taught that boy and his mother that he needs to change his behavior. This is the type of influence we need to be in children’s lives.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      What a wonderful story Jennifer and I’m so pleased you shared it with me. The mother is certainly a great example of teaching our children how to behave. Sometimes I believe mothers tend to concentrate on their daughter’s behaviour more than their sons. Boys need a strong women role model to teach them about respect for women. Yay to that mother talking about sexual assault because it really is if you look at it. I bet the teacher was taken aback but isn’t it terrible in this day that the boy’s actions were tolerated but not the girl’s reaction. Have a great day Jennifer!

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  3. Carol ("Mimi")

    Even when we aren’t aware of it, our children and grandchildren are watching us and absorbing our values. It’s important for us to serve as positive role models for them.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      You are so right Carol. I’ve found with my grandson how quickly they pick things up from us so I’m ever mindful of setting a good example. Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Michele

    I love being a Gramma and I really try to be a good role model for my daughter, my daughter in law and my grandkids. We live close, but other to close! I never want to be that meddling mother in law…but instead someone they are happy to see.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      We think alike Michele! I try to be there for all of my children and grandchildren but not too in their face. They have their lives to live as well. My best day of the week is when I see my grandson each Wednesday. WE have so much fun together. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day. xx

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  5. 1010ParkPlace

    What a great reminder, Sue. My mother and I role reversed when I was 12, so in some ways, you could say my mother was my role model. I grew up seeing that she was all the things I didn’t want to be: lacking self-confidence, the ability to tough if out through tough situations. She grew into that woman, but it was a long road. Brenda

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I think the lacking in self-confidence was quite common on that generation and I’ve been guilty of that for most of my life. It took me until my 50s to realise my worth and although I felt that way I always tried to instill confidence in my children so they wouldn’t be like me. Have a beautiful day Brenda and thank you for stopping by xx

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  6. Christie Hawkes

    Thanks for the great reminder. My husband and I are blessed to have our four children and 10 grandchildren all living close by and frequent visitors to our home. Fitness is important to me, so when they drop by when I have a workout planned, I carry on with it and even invite them to join me, which they often do. I’m also careful to speak of exercise and good nutrition in terms of being healthy and strong–not being skinny or thin.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh you sound like you are a very busy Mum/Grandmother Christie but I bet you wouldn’t have it any other way! I like your attitude about being healthy and strong – not being skinny or thin. Very sound advice. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy a beautiful day x

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  7. Beth (GrannyBeth3)

    This is especially true for women. We are good at teaching them how to do for others, but haven’t been so good about teaching them how to do for themselves. Maybe it’s because we don’t really know ourselves. Now is a good to learn in order to show them

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      So true Beth. It is a tough world out there and teaching them to be self-sufficient and to have confidence in themselves is very important. Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by x

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  8. Grammy Dee

    I try my best to be a good role model for my grandbabies. Lord knows I want the best for them 🙂 Thanks Sue for sharing this post at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. I shared it on social media.

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  9. Grammy Dee

    I think hubby and I are good role models for our grandbabies. I know they watch us and hear everything we say. It’s rather easy though if you are living a decent life and have morals 🙂 Thank you Sue for attending the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. I shared your post on FGPT.

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