Children are fortunate if they can look back on their formative years and embrace memories of a good childhood, with positive role models. How many of us can say we had good role models growing up?
I think a generation makes a big difference. Values, influences and society change through the generations. Outside influences bring change, both for the better and for the worse. But whether parents are good role models or not, what children learn, stays firmly etched in their psyche.
Teachers will also influence children as will grandparents, people we hope will positively influence our children. But there will always be people who don’t make good role models, from families and institutions alike.
When it comes to parenting, we get one shot at making a difference, although we won’t know whether we’ve been successful or not, until our children are older.