Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Being a Good Mentor

Being a Big can be a greatly rewarding experience not only for your Little, but also for you. Being a Big is a great opportunity for you to make a difference in a child’s life as well as help to improve your own. As a new Big, one of the biggest things you can do is mentor your Little. With that in mind, we have compiled a few tips to help you become not only a great Big, but also an awesome mentor!

1. Be Positive
We cannot stress how important it is to be a positive role model. The best mentors are ones that are respected by their Little and those that they interact with. Your Little will be able to learn a lot from you when you show them a positive side to every situation - good or bad. This may involve you having to create situations where your Little can become involved in stuff that will teach them new things.

2. Be Interested
This tip should come as no surprise. Your Little will be able to tell if you want to spend time with them or not. In order to establish a personal relationship, you must show genuine interest in what they have to say and what you do with them. You also need to get to know them for who they are and what they value.

3. Share Your Experiences
Good mentors are able to share stories that are appropriate and helpful for their Little to learn from. You will have to be open to sharing your stories of failures and mistakes because this is where the best opportunities to learn come from. 

4. Ask Questions
We recommend asking open-ended questions to your Little. This will help you be able to identity their values as well as their needs and passions. You will then be able to form a more personal relationship where you can share your wisdom and advice.

5. Be a Good Listener
This is just as important as asking questions. You must be a good listener when your Little wants to talk. This greatly benefits Littles to have someone that they know they can trust to talk to about anything. 

6. Give Helpful Feedback
As a mentor you have the opportunity to help shape another person’s life. You have probably been through most of the things your Little will ask you, and you know how to handle them better than they do. By giving your Little helpful feedback, you can give them further insight into the situation, and help them develop specific skills and qualities needed to handle different situations.

7. Acknowledge Achievements
Make sure you always acknowledge the achievements your Little accomplishes. This means more to them than you could imagine and will help them to strive to accomplish more.

You became a Big to help shape and form the lives of younger generations in a positive way. Following these few simple tips will help you be the best mentor you can be! 

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