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“. . . Parents who face life’s challenges honestly and openly and who attempt to cope with difficulties instead of avoiding them thereby expose their children early to a pro-self-esteem problem-solving strategy. Those who avoid dealing with difficulties reveal a negative route for handling the challenges and problems of life. Either way, it is important to remember that modeling helps set the stage for healthy self-esteem or problems with it.”
Like you, I find "modeling" to be a "two-way" term which can mean "serving as a model" or "imitating a model." It is like "education," which involves both "teaching" and "learning."