20 Nov CERTIFICATION AND IT’S BENEFITS ON OUR YOUTH
Adults know, sometimes painfully so, that their words and actions have a profound impact on children of all ages. Whether it be the clothes mom wears, or how dad shaves in the morning, kids want to be like the grown-ups in their lives. The approval of parents and adults means so much to children that they’ll do just about anything to earn it.
Knowing that, how can adults pass on to children their positive behaviors and values that they know are very important, and will be of lasting benefit to the child and others in the future? How does an adult prioritize what’s important for a child to carry with them into adulthood?
A positive example of a child catching positive values, and behavior, is found in a three-year-old in Florida mimicking his first -responder father’s example. In this video shown on a local television station which has been viewed over two million times, the child pretends to put out a fire and give life-saving CPR to someone who has no pulse. As the station put it, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”.
Are values, and the resulting behavior, taught or caught? This is a question that both educators and parents have asked for many years. The answer is probably both. Fortunately, there are organizations, like HeartShare, that can partner with adults to train children in life-saving methods.
When taking an inventory of their priorities, many adults are happy, and proud, that they have taken the time to become certified-in life saving techniques. They have invested countless hours being instructed in CPR and/or First Aid. This is something they can not only talk with a child about, but they can actively take a part in helping a child get trained as well.
A HeartShare instructor will be happy to assist adults with children in essential CPR and First Aid practices. An adult can work with a child and do the necessary online training together, then be there for the hands-on session at a convenient HeartShare location. It will make a child very proud to see the pleasure and pride in a parent’s face, and will have a lasting effect on the child’s self-esteem.
If you’re not certified yourself in life-saving techniques, register today. Let the child(ren) in your life know that you care enough about helping others that you are going to get certified and will be ready to save a life if the situation should arise unexpectedly and you are needed. Then ask that child to join you in becoming certified.
You can take pride in knowing that not only may you save a life sometime in the future, but you’re changing the life of a child today, for the better. Invest the time, you’ll be happy you did. Get certified with HeartShare, and make a difference.