Young people often look to the famous and successful for their role models. This can be inspiring, but also disheartening and seem unattainable. Young people are hungry for contact with people whom they admire, who excite and inspire them. These qualities can be found in their real relationships with the ordinary women and men who surround them.
Can you remember a teacher, a neighbour, an auntie, or a family friend who touched your life deeply? Consider who these people may be in your daughter’s life and how you might support the development of their relationship. Spending time, ordinary time is a great way, but not the only way.
Could skype be the way to stay in touch; or encouraging her to drop off something on her way home; or a day out; or an invitation to breakfast?
Life with children can easily circulate around their timetable and their socialising but a child’s life that includes meaningful relationships with other adults is a rich one.
It takes a village to raise a child.
Who comprises your village?