Did you have any role models when you grew up? To be honest, I don’t think I really had any. I know my dream job was to become a pilot since I have always loved to fly. But, I ended up as an engineer and that turned up well for me. There are so many fascinating things to work with, I get to know about technical stuff a long time before they hit the market. It is awesome.
One thing I think is very important is to give our kids inspiring role models, who they can look up to. I believe it can trigger the kids’ own will to become even more curious and to explore the many great options they will have when they grow up. It will impact your kids’ mindset in learning and the belief that science is for something for them. Maybe there is not just one “it” they want to work with, who knows. I think that is a good thing. Especially in the fields of science, different approaches and different points of view might just lead to that great breakthrough, give us new inventions that make our lives even more comfortable and enjoyable.
We will all face problems and challenges in our lives. We as parents should encourage our kids to find all the strengths that we have – determination, persistence, resilience, courage, and a positive mental attitude. Kids who believe science is for other people, and not for them, need more than engaging in science activities to change their minds. And their futures.
I am convinced that it takes an adult scientific role model, who knows and cares about them, to foster their enthusiasm for science learning and their belief that they can learn more.
I think that a good role model helps to multiply the impact of your kids’ mindset in learning and the belief that science is for something for them. A role model should be someone your kids can relate to. So make sure they see it, so they can be it!
I found a video on Youtube from a company in Sweden called Semcon, which I think summons it well. “If you can’t see it, you can’t be it”.
I don’t think there is just one way. I would say it is important that we as parents get engaged in our kids’ lives, show interest, have dialogues, and let our kids ask questions. Also, check if you already have inspiring people around you, like other parents, classroom teachers, scientists, after-school teachers, college students studying science. Those are the best role models! Why not visit your kids’ school and present your profession to them?
I believe the knowledge about several inspiring role models can trigger a dream for many kids of what they could become as adults. I believe we all have a need for these inspirational figures in our lives.
We as parents should plant the seed in our kids’ minds, that if they put their mindset to it, there is no limit to what they can learn during their whole lives. Knowledge is not a heavy carry. It can lead to career paths that we even can’t imagine today.
There are a lot of inspiring role models out there, and they have really made a difference in people’s lives. To keep this post to a good length, I chose only four inspiring role models to present here.
I hope you find these role models inspiring and want to tell your kids about them. Do you have any role models of your own? Let me know by leaving a comment below!