Did you know January is National Mentoring Month? What is a mentor anyway? A mentor, is a “wise and trusted counselor or teacher.” This can be in a formal capacity, but it can also be in an informal capacity as well. We can all be mentors, every day. Here’s how:
- Show kindness to others. Take time to hold a door open, help an elderly person, or allow the other car to go first at the four-way stop. These are all great, easy examples of kindness.
- Show care for nature. This can include animals. You can take a moment to show reverence to a tree, treat your pets with dignity and respect all of nature even in your own backyard.
- Show patience. We could go back to driving here. We are all in a hurry. Be patient on the road. Be patient with your family. Be patient with your coworkers. Kids will notice.
- Take time to read. Read magazines or books. Read signs. Read “documents”. It doesn’t matter what it is, just read.
- Take time to appreciate the arts. This can be a simple as doing a scrap book or coloring. It can also be going to an art gallery, a museum or any type of concert. There are free concerts all the time!
These five things are SO important for kids to learn. They don’t learn it by hearing us talk about it. They learn by seeing us do it and by having us do it with them. Whether you are a teacher, a social worker, a parent, an aunt, an uncle or not, it doesn’t matter. Kids are watching us and they are learning by seeing what we do. Let’s all be good mentors to the kids in our lives.