Now more than ever, our kids need positive role models. Why? Because it’s 2019 and one thing you can be sure of, is that kids will continue spending any free time they get using digital technology. Whether it’s an X Box, YouTube or Instagram account our kids will be influenced by whatever takes their interest. And those interests can have a positive or negative effect. Electronic media can negatively influence our children’s eating habits as well as exercise habits. So, making sure our kids have the opportunity to encounter positive role models to help them develop good habits from a young age is key.
Sports people and celebrities are the usual role models we think of for our kids. But parents play a more important role. The fact is, good role models start at home. A study into role models found that teenagers are 67% less likely to get a job if they don’t have a parent role model of the same gender. By practicing good habits ourselves, we can help our children be the best versions of themselves.
When considering your options outside of the home, why not consider getting children involved in joining local organisations that embody good values. In this way, we can we can continue to supply our children with additional positive role models.
It is estimated that only 60% of children between the ages of 5-14 years take part in sporting activities outside of school. And, according to The Department of Health, nearly 12 million Australian adults are sedentary. Keeping active from a young age is the solution.
How to help our kids
We can help our kids by reducing the amount of time they spend being sedentary and increasing physical activity. So – don’t let the kids spend any more than 2 hours a day on digital technology and get them into some physical activities.
Get the kids active – sporting participation is the number one way to develop self-esteem through positive role modelling. And what better sport than mixed martial arts. This sport has a rich history of mentoring. Mixed martial arts are having a resurgence because it’s all about developing positive values. These values center upon ideas such as discipline, perseverance and respect. To achieve success as an adult, you need all these traits. Take discipline – how else can you continue with an exercise program as an adult if you don’t have the discipline to stick with an active lifestyle?
We all need role models. Positive role models inspire us to be our very best – and what better way to get started in life. So, whether you get the kids to join a gymnastics club or boxing club, it’s sure to give them the tools necessary to succeed in life.