Mark My Words

This is Mark. He likes to do his hair like Uncle Michael.

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Photo credit:  Ruth Knieling.

This is Uncle Michael. Through no fault of his own, he is a role model.

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Uncles rule.

Michael is the youngest of four siblings. At the tender age of 13, he became an uncle. Suddenly, he was thrust in to the role of being the older one, the one who a new little man would look up to and copy.

Small things are big in young children’s eyes. The sound of your voice when you speak to them. The attentiveness you show them. The way you make them feel.

The role of role models

Small people use big people as role models because they need to learn about life. But they know only what they see. They often emulate people they admire, identify with (e.g., same gender), or who are a constant in their lives (e.g., parents).

It’s cute when a small person copies a hairstyle or says thank you like the rest of the family members do. It’s not so cute when the small person treats others with disrespect or uses age-inappropriate bad language (s)he doesn’t even know the meaning of.

Fortunately, Uncle Michael has always been aware of the gravity of his responsibility. We are all role models for the younger people in our lives. We need to treat them and the other people around us the way we want the small people to learn to treat us and others. We also need to treat ourselves the way we want them to learn to treat themselves so they can enjoy a healthy body, mind, and interpersonal relationships throughout their lives.

Mark my words, kids will do as you do.

About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction and fantasy, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning difficulties and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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5 Responses to Mark My Words

  1. danawayne423 says:

    So true, so true! They will repeat your actions and words – usually at the most inopportune time! Great blog!

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  2. JJAzar says:

    I became an uncle at a similar age as Michael, and you’re right: the young ones look up to the older ones. The only thing I’ve instilled upon the kid that he would be better off without are my dance moves.

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