5 Parenting Tips for Mentoring

Updated: Dec 14, 2018

Did you know you are a mentor?

Parents are their kids first mentors


"The best gift you can give is your time." - Willie Perkins, founder Normnot Academy

Does this sound like you?


Does this sound like you?

Develop a child’s strengths; take part in a child’s interests and development; offer advice; listen; give support and encouragement. Mentors guide kids to reach their full potential and along the way, there will be mistakes, feelings of fear as well as successes and joy. Mentors know that as they invest, so will the likely hood of seeing a return that yields major success for the kids they guide. You are a mentor!


As a parent, it is imperative to keep your mentoring skills sharp as your kids are counting on you to guide them! While there is certainly more info on the subject, we've highlight the following 5 tips for you to consider. Enjoy!


1. Build Trust: Allow opportunity for modeling good behavior

Share stories about situations that resulted in a win or a loss

  • Benefits from hearing about mistakes and wins

  • Be honest about your own strengths and weaknesses

2. Respect: Allow for open conversation

Respect your child’s thoughts & opinions without judgement

  • Difference between “I disagree” & “You’re wrong”

  • Democracy vs Dictatorship

3. Encourage: Go beyond the norm to inspire

Speak “life” as often as you can

  • Reinforce encouragement - celebrate achievements

  • Look for opportunities to give praise

4. Support: Be & Stay Involved

Support your child’s interests & strengths

  • Be intentional about asking discovery questions

  • Attend school activities

5. Participate at home: Do things together

Find ways to be included or inclusive

  • Family Activities -eat dinner together, invite them to help

  • Give your time

For more information and data on mentoring, consider visiting www.mentoring.org

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