Last May, the Mutual of Omaha ‘aha moment’ tour kicked off in Sacramento where I met Joyce “Skip” Rochette, of El Dorado Hills, a mother of five children and grandmother five times over as well. She offered a very important insight about the impact parents have in our cyber-powered world.
“We always talk about how much we love our children,” she said. “And of course we love them. The bigger question is what do you ‘like’ about your child?”
Skipp encourages parents to consider how much they reinforce the good character displayed by our children. “Let your children know how much you like it when they do something kind, honorable compassionate or considerate,” she said. Some examples she offered include:
Picking up clothes and toys without being asked
Allowing a younger brother or sister to go first
Telling the truth even though it meant having a consequence
Skipp’s advice really hits at the heart of the crisis for children in their networked environments.