It’s Black History Month, one of my favorite months of the year, and this year I'm thinking about those who are changing the course of history in front of our eyes! Have you heard of Marley? The founder of the #1000BlackGirlBooks Movement, youngest person to be named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List, newest editor for Elle with an ezine of her own? We can learn a lot from Marley, so let's talk a few tips that you can use with your own daughter or mentee which I've learned from watching this young leader from afar!
Tweens and teens have a variety of mentors available to them in teachers, coaches, youth leaders, and older siblings, but in order to maximize those relationships and make the most out of them, you have to help them monitor the relationships! Let's talk about 3 myths that may keep your daughter from maximizing her relationship with her mentor.
Does your daughter have someone she can talk to? Someone you trust to give her sound advice? Someone she believes cares about her? Someone she doesn't mind opening up to? If so, excellent! If for some reason, your answer was no, I'd like to persuade you to help her identify a mentor quickly. Why does she need your help? She may need your help because she doesn't recognize the value, see the need, or feel bold enough to initiate the relationship. Is this something you've modeled? Do you have a mentor or do you mentor someone (other than your own children) that she knows about?
The holidays are here! I hope you're as excited as I am, but just in case you're wondering about how to spend your time with your daughter and thinking of ideas, I've got one...or four...for you!