4 Inspiring Figures Your Children Can Learn From
As parents, we always aspire to motivate our children into reaching their potential and encourage them to go beyond what our generation has achieved, but it’s not always easy. Here at Kids Aint Cheap we believe that crucial values can and should be taught at a young age. But holding their hand as they learn is just the beginning.
Luckily, children often learn first from imitating and looking up to their peers and role models. Introducing positive influences, such as great men and women, not only encourages them to have goals but can inspire them to stay on a positive path to success. Below we have listed some of the great men and women of our time your children can learn from:
As massive Harry Potter fans, we wouldn’t miss an opportunity to celebrate how JK Rowling inspired a whole generation of children into reading and imagining a vast new world. As a true feminist, she made her female characters intelligent, opinionated, and independent. Rowling also overcame a lot of difficultly in her own life and wrote the first Harry Potter book when she was broke and a single mom. This shows how it is possible to turn a bad situation around and become successful.
Stephen Hawking is one of the most important scientists in world history and his journey is an inspiration to everyone. A man with a single vision, Hawking devoted his life to understanding the universe. Despite being plagued by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – a paralyzing and deadly condition where nerves fail to control muscles – Hawking showed the world that no amount of disability can stop a great mind. Both his work and life serve as an inspiration to all of us today.
Malala Yousafzai is an inspiration to children because of how she stood up for what she believed in when she was just a child. Malala was shot in the head in Pakistan by the Taliban when she was just 15. Yet despite suffering a terrible injury she has continued to fight for those less fortunate in the world. In her most recent interview with NHK World, she talked about the refugee situation in Syria, and stressed that education is equally important for Syrian refugee children along with shelter, water, and food. A fact that is often being ignored by the world and needs to be addressed immediately. Save the Children reports that more than 11 million people have been forced from their homes in Syria with children being the most vulnerable. It is down to people like Malala that the world remains aware of what is happening in the country.
She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her contributions and became the youngest Noble laureate. Not only is Malala inspirational because of what she achieved after being shot, but also how she showed that young people can make a difference and should be listened to.
The father of the anti-apartheid movement, Nelson Mandela was a South African revolutionary advocating for equality in skin color, social status, and nationality. Despite being persecuted and imprisoned, Mandela’s unwavering love for his people and country never ceased. When he won the election in 1994, he brought South Africa together to build a prosperous and inclusive society. He inspired people throughout the world to strive for peace and justice through Ubuntu (oneness in the world). In Mandela’s memorial service, US President Barrack Obama famously said, “[Mandela] not only embodied Ubuntu; he taught millions to find that truth within themselves”. His ability to forgive and move forward should be taught to all children.
Every child has the potential to change the world and we, as parents, are just here to guide them. As Nelson Mandela once said, “Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation.”