Do As I Say, Not As I Do

I was given some pretty good parental advice the other day. I was advised to first have specific, positive goals for my end product. In other words, know and articulate what I want for my kids. I was then advised to model the behavior I want my children to use. In other words practice what I preach. Now I’m pretty sure nobody want to raise a juvenile delinquent and yet I’ve met a few, so this advice is obviously not without exceptions. Here’s what I think: I think a big part of good parenting is establishing good habits. Some of those habits include making the bed everyday and choosing an apple over a Twinkie. Some of those habits include treating others as you want to be treated and always speaking the truth. I try to teach the habit of a positive outlook. Every day I remind my family that they have the power to choose the color of their day. “It can be a good day or a bad day. The choice is yours.”

The truth is we’re teaching our children habits everyday, good or bad. So what do you want for your kids? health, integrity, kindness, self-confidence, success? Now reflect on what example you’re giving your children. Are you living a healthy life, showing integrity and kindness? What habits are you teaching your children?

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