Parents as Leaders

Parents as Leaders of newborn and young children is a given. Parents hold life and death powers over their children and must know that they have little choice but to care for their totally needy family as long as they are unable to care for themselves. This truth begins at conception

So parents are teachers, care givers and role models all wrapped in one (or two). And as mentioned above, certain of the learning takes place before the baby is born so conception initiates teaching and learning; avoidance is impossible. 

There is no guarantee that the lessons being taught are appropriate or desirable and this holds true for the most vulnerable periods of a human’s life and that has to be pre-birth, birth and the first three to five years. This is so for obvious reasons and they all come out to be the state of helplessness.

In past papers I’ve often used the word picture “around the kitchen table.” I do so because the influence parents have being teachers and role models are uncontested. The arrow points only from parents to child. Extended family may add to the influences that play on a child’s growth and development. This is why I place max importance on a teacher’s influence on a child’s view of themselves and the people around them. The young are sponges and absorb amazing amounts of information in short periods. Here, I do not mean how to read and write, but social and how they relate to each other. How dynamic is this? MOST!In the new and strange group and environmental setting the young are vulnerable to other children and teachers; so much is different. There is much to absorb and little time to do so; also being vulnerable diminishes as we age. We learn to protect ourselves or relish new experiences, here courage is essential. Our 1stteachers have an immense opening to influence attitude and behavior; young behavior is not yet frozen, but continues to result from experiences and degrees of being vulnerable.Under the influence of parents the young do not choose role models. When with others and a teacher they begin to do the selecting of their new role models. New role models may or may not be leaders, but the young select them because they like what they experience and the person. Society cannot afford to blow the opportunity.  Sy 

Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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