Kid President, Robby Novak has definitely set the tone to what kids can accomplish when adults believe in them. He is a member of a generation that is social aware to the problems of their communities and the world. It is unfortunate that they are witnessing what is going on in the world, but it is fortunate that they have strong role models to look up to.
"The African-American Dream" of becoming an athlete or entertainer to become successful, wealthy, and live a better lifestyle is evolving. While the number of role models in STEM, entrepreneurship, activism, and politics that represent them are still low, they have strong role models that are making headlines and are proof to what is possible. The next generation now has role models like the creators of #BlackLivesMatter (Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi), Marc Lamont Hill, Marylin Mosby, Malala Yousafzai, and Robby Novak. Not only is the generation before them producing role models in different industries, but members of their generation are showing them the potential and possibilities that they all have.
But no one is self-made, and the potential and possibilites flourish when they have someone that believes in them. The support, encouragement, and love of one person can be extremely meaningful that it provokes the motivation to explore various possibilities and find their role in our global community. Parents, be that person for your child. There are several steps you can take to help with your little one's Global Citizen Development.
Help your child develop Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. Bright Horizons Family Solutions provides several tips for teaching your child critical thinking and problem solving skills:
- Provide opportunities to play.`
- Help children view themselves as problem solvers and thinkers by asking open-ended questions.
- Don't solve all problems immediately for children.
- Help children develop hypotheses.
- Encourage thinking in new and different ways.
- Support your child to research further information.
Give your little one New Experiences, like the event below. Emerse them in diverse crowds, let them meet new people, and try new things. New experiences will help them discover themselves, find their passion(s), and/or help them discover ways that they can particpate in our global community.
Redefine Gender Roles, so your little one knows that there are numerous opportunities. A girl can pitch a shutout game in Little League World Series and a boy can do flawless pirouette. Girls and boys can also grow up to become entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, and ground-breaking medical researchers. "Also, there is nothing wrong with being compared to a girl. Girls can be bosses, powerful, rich, hot, AND smart. So, if you perceive [a girl] as being anything less than excellent, then the real problem is you." Of course you can already tell that I paraphrased Calista Flockhart (who currently plays Supergirl Kara Zor-El's boss). And being emotionally competent is not "girly," nor does it diminish a boy's masculinity.
Lastly, Be Bold, Be Kind, Be Awesome, AND BE A LIVING EXAMPLE for your little one at what people can do to make our world better. It's a bit easier said than done for some, but you can start small. You can recycle, organize a group to clean up a local park, or volunteer with a local non-profit. Positive change, the building of a psotive global community, and progress starts with our generation, and it will flow into the next.