When our kids are happy or sad, worried or confident, confused or informed, parents want and need to stay connected and communicate. In addition to our protection, ensuring children have other caring adults in their lives provides protection during the storms of life.
A 2013 report from Child Trends on the importance of caring adults in the lives of children states, “… those [children] who have a caring adult outside the home are more likely to talk with their parents about “things that really matter.” How great is that!?
Among the many benefits of getting and keeping your children involved in extracurricular activities, providing them with a “champion” is at the top of the list. Having other caring adults in their lives provides children with an opportunity to see themselves through someone else’s eyes. Have you ever seen your child do something willingly for someone else that they refused, kicking and screaming, to do for you? Kids will listen differently and respond differently to adults who aren’t their parents, and that’s a good thing.
In addition, other caring adults allow kids to see other possibilities for themselves. They see someone doing something differently and that expands their thinking and their perception of the world.
For more of the benefits of caring adults, you can read this article from ParentFurther, a resource from the Search Institute.
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