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Key Factors in Successful Child Development.

Mentors can have a significant impact on the development of children, especially under-privileged kids or kids who do not receive strong parental guidance.  Children look up to Mentors and often respect their guidance over that provided by teachers and parents.  Unfortunately, Mentors don’t always possess the tools or training necessary to optimize the impact they can have.  Mentoring Messages is a simple set of five key messages that Mentors can incorporate in their their communication and interaction with children.  These messages can have a significant impact on their development and on their future.


Key Mentoring Messages For Children.

Education

Education is the foundation of success.  Children need to understand the importance of obtaining a solid academic base and how a robust education can lead to success in life

Activity

Activity outside of school is critical to building social interaction skills and self confidence.  This can include sports, arts, music or other activities that require interaction with children of different backgrounds, religions, incomes and family structures

Responsibility 

Children need to understand the importance of taking responsibility for their actions.  They need to be confident in using their basic common sense to determine right from wrong.  They need to understand the importance of saying ‘no’ to bad decisions and the long term ramifications of poor choices

Tolerance

Tolerance of race, religion, sex, income, political beliefs and personal opinion is an essential element of a peaceful and productive society.  Children need to learn the importance of accepting others for who they are, even if they are different

Health

Physical health is a key driver of mental health, academic performance and self confidence.  Children need to learn the importance of diet and exercise as part of a productive life