How to Be a Role Model to Younger Relatives

You can be somebody to tell everything to and ask for tips or advice as they grow. You will feel that you are doing something that not many people can do.

Steps

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    Offer to babysit often.
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    Play with them when time permits.
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    Let them choose what you are going to play. As long as its safe go ahead.It will most likely be something their parents don't have time to do with them, like playing barbies, or with play-dough.
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    Don't roll your eyes at them or laugh. They are young but can still sense your mood or tone.
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    Get down to their level. Sit on the floor with them; play like you're a kid too.
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    Share old toys you used to play with. You might even let the child keep some. Tell them about your experiences with the toy.
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    Make sure you set up a fair discipline system when you watch the kid, e.g. if they are good they can stay up 30 minutes later than usual.
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    Encourage personal hygiene. Show them how to comb your hair and brush your teeth. Tell them it's "cool."
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    Respect them. They may want to be around kids their own age when you are there, so let them go off by themselves (in a set up area).
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    Give them opportunities to play with your phone, or try on a lipstick of yours. This will make them feel grown up.
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    Do fun interactive stuff together like crafts or games.
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    Take them places. such as parks, play grounds, and other fun places.
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    Give them advice. Try to relate to the issue at hand.

Tips

  • Keep a clean playlist on your iPod of kid-friendly music. E.g. The Wiggles, Lion King, Beauty and the beast, Mary Poppins, The Beatles, and Hannah Montana. The kid will know the music and enjoy it.
  • Show the family that you babysit for respect and take care of their house.
  • - Show your aunts/uncles/sisters/brothers/family friend etc. that you care about their kid, that you won't let them get into trouble.
  • Always clean up a mess you have made, teach the kids to clean-up.

Warnings

  • Don't let the kids text on your phone, and don't let them text your friends.
  • Remember what kids see and hear they repeat, be mindful of that.
  • Don't put down the taste in music or TV shows they have, remember they are younger!
  • Don't encourage cheating or lying with their parents.
  • Never talk about things that aren't suitable like, sex, how much you are getting paid to watch them, kissing, or anything of an adult nature.

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Categories: Creating Life Balance