Teaching your child what it means to be “likable” and loved in the network

Monday, June 17th, 2013
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.

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About Joanna Jullien

Joanna Jullien

Joanna (jullien@surewest.net) and her husband have raised two sons in Roseville, CA. She has a degree from U.C. Berkeley in Social Anthropology (corporate culture). Her honors thesis was awarded the Kroeber Prize and funding from National Science Foundation grant. Joanna writes to help parents with the modern-day leadership challenges of raising children. She is a contributing writer for The Granite Bay View, the Press Tribune, the Sacramento Examiner, and editor of Banana Moments.