Sometimes I feel like the best role models and the people you should look up to most are the people who make mistakes, because they show you how to overcome them and walk through that mistake with integrity and grace.
—Jennifer Love Hewitt, actress
Think of the habits, mannerisms, attitudes, gestures, and expressions you have learned from your family. Are there other individuals who have had an effect on you? Who are your role models? What did you learn from these influential individuals in your life? As a powerful model for children in your care, what are the behaviors you would like children to learn? Have you listed them? Do you model the behaviors you wish to teach? How to do you exude empathy, sympathy, caring, sharing, calm, respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness? Your daily actions speak louder than words.
In loving memory of Gryphon House author Leanne Grace, MEd, we are sharing pieces of her inspirational writing every Wednesday. Leanne was the director of professional development at Hildebrandt Learning Centers and a lifelong advocate for early childhood education. She inspired the early childhood community to prepare children as lifelong learners with her ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. One person can make a difference, and Leanne did just that. She will be sorely missed.