From a very early age, my son, Norrin, has been surrounded by positive and loving female role models. They are his babysitters, teachers and therapists. While Norrin also has a strong male presence in his life, women dominate. And I’m okay with that because I know Norrin gets the best from both worlds.
Boys (at least the ones I know) usually look up to male athletes, actors, writers and so on. Obviously I want Norrin to be influenced by members of his own sex, but I want him to appreciate women. I want to raise the kind of man who can admire a woman for more than her looks.
Whether you are raising boys or girls, role models are critical to their overall development. As parents, it’s our responsibility to guide them towards role models who will have a positive influence. Common Sense Media believes that media role models matter. “In today’s 24/7 media environment, in which kids may be spending more time with media than they are with their parents, choosing positive role models is more important than ever.”
If I had to hand-pick female role models for my son, these are the women I’d want to influence Norrin. Some of my choices may surprise you, but each of these women possess character traits I want my son to possess.
What female role models would you choose for your son?
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