Teaching our children by example and providing role models sets the tone for the rest of their lives.
Allowing your children to question, respectfully, and challenge everything, even what you teach and say, will develop their interpersonal skills so they won’t be taken advantage of.
You don’t want to hear that your son was harassed on the job (think RCMP) or your daughter was groped by a family member or in the work place and you knew you had failed to teach them how to combat such behavior.
I encouraged my students, from grades 3-12, to speak up, voice their opinions n challenge me n what I was teaching, much to the consternation of some parents. It was heartwarming to see kids rise to question so much of their world n find answers.
Kids need heroes. Pounder is an incredible one.
“It’s always about the journey. That’s the message women’s hockey champion Cheryl Pounder seeks to instill in every audience she speaks to. Change is inevitable. We must learn to embrace change and get outside our comfort zone on the path to excellence. Each day provides a unique challenge and opportunity to grow. Are we willing to learn from both our failures and successes? Cheryl shows audiences that true achievement is found in the ‘details’ on the way to winning Gold. It is the commitment, vision, leadership, teamwork and dedication that we must exhibit every day. We must ‘Grow for Gold’!”
“Cheryl played on six of Canada’s World Championship Hockey teams where she was named an All-Star Defenseman in 2005. Cheryl was also voted the top defenseman at the 2002, 2004, 2005 (MVP) and 2007 Canadian Women’s Hockey National Championships. Her greatest career accomplishments are her two Olympic gold medals from the Salt Lake City and Torino Olympic Games.”
Watch her on CBC as she commentates the Olympic Women’s Hockey series.