Co-Authored By Jordan Wells
My co-author and niece, Jordan, said to me, “I want to write an article with you on role models.” Since she is my life coach and I cut her cord when she was born, the mere suggestion was heartwarming and completely exhilarating.
I charged her with the task of finding the research to support her hypothesis that they matter to children and youth development, in general. Because National Aunt’s Day — obviously there is one— is in July and the requisite Niece Day is in December, we split the difference and did the analysis now.
Passionate about psychology and understanding behavior and its origin, her theory was the advice itself and point-of-view from a non-parental adult is different from what...