Developing Habits to Promote a Healthy Life

One of the most important factors that leads to a happy, productive and possibilities-based life is good health.  Developing habits that lead to good health can pave the way for a life where we feel better physically, mentally and emotionally.  Due to blog space limitations, we’re going to address three areas that have a profound impact on overall health: diet and eating habits, exercise and sleep.

As a mentor, you can provide young people with wisdom and practical approaches to help them enjoy a brighter future – one filled with good health.  Below are some ideas and information to get you started.  (Some of the information in this blog was taken, or adapted, from WebMD’s articles: ‘Healthy Eating Habits for your Child’ and ‘Good, Sound Sleep for your Child’ and from the NHS article: ‘Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Young People’).

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Understanding Roles & Responsibilities in a Family

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it.” | George Moore

Since so much of what shapes a young person’s future is often determined by what they experience within a family, it’s worth spending time on this vital topic. Within a family, each person takes on a unique role and set of responsibilities. For the family to develop supportive relationships, healthy communication, mutual respect and teamwork, it’s important for each member to understand roles and responsibilities. Young people can help the family grow in positive directions.

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Managing Money: Life Lessons for your Mentee

Almost all people finally realize what they could have done to have a secure life too late in life. As a mentor, you can provide your youth with an invaluable gift by stressing some simple, yet powerful, concepts about managing money. Below are some initial suggestions to get you started.

Avoid Borrowing

Stress that living within your means can help you avoid the need to use credit. Interest charges associated with credit lead to big financial problems. So, you can teach the mentee to always ask this question before buying anything: “Can I get by without buying this?” Many of us buy what we want versus what we truly need.

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Promoting Self-Reliance

Does the young person you are mentoring take their school, home and social responsibilities seriously? Have you ever wondered how you could open up a discussion about self-reliance? Here’s a way to facilitate a conversation about self-reliance that produces positive results. Go through the exercise with your mentee the next time you meet.

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Promoting Inclusion when Mentoring

In the time you spend with youth, one of the most effective ways to shape behavior is through modeling. What you say and do will make a big impression on your mentee. To highlight the profound impact of modeling, consider what Gandhi once said: “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. We need not wait to see what others do.” This blog will provide practical approaches to promoting inclusion during the time you share with a young person.

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Why Kids Choose Bad Role Models

The Power of Mindset

Kids learn about life and about acceptable behavior, in large part, by observing and interacting with people who they view as credible and successful. Young people often view celebrities as credible because their lives seem glamorous and media outlets frequently report on them. They view them as successful simply because they appear to have friends and money. It’s no surprise that kids often choose celebrities as role models. However, while popularity and money are not bad things, they do not guarantee that a person possesses qualities that you’d want your kid to have. Take Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus as examples.

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