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Modeling

Modeling means setting a good example for your children. When parents read, study, ask questions, talk about education, set goals and get involved in their children's school, they are setting an example. Your children watch everything you do. Sometimes they copy it directly. Other times it sets the example for how they will do things in the future. Adults can be important models for children by working hard and continuing learning in their daily lives.

In order to be successful in school and in life, children must be motivated to learn. Parents, relatives, friends, neighbors, coaches, and other adults serve as role models for children, whether or not they are aware of it. Models can be positive or negative. The following resources can help you strive to a be a positive role models and seek out positive role models for you child.

Using Nurturance and Prevention Tools — Strategies to help parents raise healthy, happy, secure children and strategies parents can use when children are not misbehaving that will keep problems from occurring.

What About Spanking? — There are many teaching, nurturing, and disciplining tools available to parents that are more effective and less harmful than spanking and other forms of physical punishment.

Using “Time Out” as a Discipline Tool — Time out is a way of correcting behavior by placing a misbehaving child in a quiet place alone for a few minutes and then talking about the problem.

Parenting Styles — Although parents at one time or another use all the parenting styles they tend to primarily parent using one approach.

Research: Modeling — Research summary for professionals discusses how adults model behaviors that can affect the success of students.

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