When I was about 12 years old, my parents enrolled me in an after school program. Really, it was just a glorified babysitter. While there, though, I met a woman who was a volunteer tutor in the program, but at the end of the year, only the word mentor could apply to her. An avid reader, she helped me learn to read in English anything and everything, but through her I was introduced to the classics.
Nowadays, mentors are a rare find. It is not recommended children spend any unmonitored time with adults they are not related to. We all know the dangers are many.
However, our children would benefit greatly from people who are passionate experts on a topic the child is interested in.
For a long time, my son has wanted to learn to fish. None of us fish so any attempt to teach him would have been disastrous. However, the elderly father of a woman I know, is a master fisherman. So I took a chance and asked him would he be willing to take my son fishing? To my surprise, he was delighted to do so. Being retired, he rarely had the opportunity to ‘impart his wisdom’ as he put it.
I went along with them to the lake and sat nearby with a picnic (a home-cooked meal being payment for this man’s time) and they both had a blast. My son was safe and had the benefit of learning from someone who knows his stuff well and taught it with contagious zest. Needless to say, we will be doing it again!
Article By Nuria Almeida
Photo By Half Chinese