Art Miramontes blog

We Need More Role Models…Not Super Heroes!

Posted on: January 26, 2011

 The last two weeks my son, Arturo and I have been touring schools and speaking with our future generation.  As I speak with the students, it amazes me to see the enthusiasm and excitement when an author shows up at their front door steps. One thing I have noticed is the creativity that still exists with our young kids. With all the technology students are using these days, you would think it would have deteriorated somewhat. But, I would like to be the first to tell you that is not so. Students still use their creativity and imagination without even knowing. But, what I really want to talk about is role modeling.

During our presentation, we talk to the students about “role models”, and that piece does concern me. After speaking to almost 20,000 students in the last few months, it has become apparent we need more role models for our children. We do not need more super heroes. Many of the students we spoke with idolize role models – that do not exist. I had several kids tell me their role models were characters like “Batman, Superman, Spiderman and even the Green Hornet”. I understand they are looking to emulate someone who is strong and courageous, but they also should be real. Too many kids are looking up to people who exist in movies or comic books. Great for their imagination, but they need to relate to someone they can aspire to be (I’m not sure leaping over tall buildings, or shooting webs to glide across them is a good idea).

We cannot choose who their role models will be, but we can certainly explain what a role model can be to them…especially if they are real people. I guess the bottom line to this blog – really comes down to speaking with your kids more, and ensuring they have good guidance and direction in everything they do. The more you talk with them, the more you will be in tune with their hopes, their thoughts, their dreams and maybe even who they aspire to be. Hopefully it will be someone like you…

Start the conversation with them….ask them, “who would you consider your role model to be….?”

What do you see?

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