Mentorship is easy, just lead the way

Positive affirmations are key. “Be nice” and “don’t be mean” might be reflective of the same idea, but the message is often received differently. If a kid continually hears that low-income families are more likely to resort to lives of crime, he or she might grow up with the presumption that it is okay, because the message becomes about survival and inevitability. It’s important to teach kids to work hard and to earn their grades by hard work, and although it may be tempting to treat children differently if they are, for example, bullied due to weight (Strauss and Pollack, 2003) or disability, it is counterproductive and detrimental to their own development. It encourages dependency, and it continues to promote the feeling of being different and undeserving.  


Mentor by example