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Importance of Mentors

Importance of Mentors

Importance of Mentors

When my daughter was in fourth grade, the principal of her school noticed that she was a talented writer. From that year on, the principal worked with her and encouraged her to write. She found contests for my daughter to enter and followed through by spending time with her, helping her to meet deadlines and continue writing. As my daughter grew, so did her writing.

In high school, a neighbor who was a journalist offered to help mentor my daughter on a weekly basis. She met with my daughter once a week in her home, and the two of them would be up way past midnight discussing quality literature.

My daughter went on to get into Johns Hopkins University, in her junior year of high school and skipped her senior year in order to study in the school’s prestigious Writing Seminars program. Today she is a mom to 5 children, and this two major things happened – a literary agent offered to represent her first novel, and she was offered a job working at a literary agency.

I credit much of her success to having had two wonderful mentors in her life who guided and encouraged her natural writing ability.

In an article by Samuels,

(Samuels, S. (2008). Beating the Odds: Giving Kids a Chance to Win the Game of Life. In R. Fink, & S. Samuels (Eds.), Inspiring Reading Success (pp. 1-18). Newark, DE: International Reading Association. )

They state the “Key Factors That Contribute to the Success of Stress-Resilient Children, is Mentoring.
One of the key factors that accounts for the ability of students to overcome a hostile environment is the presence of a mentor in their lives (Garmezy & Rutter, 1983).
The mentor can be a parent, relative, teacher, or friend. What mentors do for the child is to provide guidance, information, moral values, stability, emotional support that helps develop the child’s sense of self-worth, and a helping hand through troubled times. If the child who is trying to beat the odds becomes discouraged, the mentor encourages the child to keep on trying.
All children need mentoring. Those children who are fortunate enough to be raised in a socially healthy and nurturing environment often have the advantage of being able to observe mentors who model appropriate behaviors. In addition to observing mentors who model appropriate behaviors, the child who grows up in a healthy environment usually has some adult mentor there to explain the steps one must take in order to climb the ladder of success on the way to creating a happy life.”

With the season of giving upon us, maybe we should look at the tremendous opportunity we have to give a child the gift of having a Mentor in their lives.

Perhaps we should look at ways we can mentor a child we know, or find a mentor for our own child. The act of mentoring is a gift that has lasting impact far into the future of a child. Let us all find it deep in ourselves to give this special gift of our time and abilities to a child.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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