If the fact that children learn by example freaks you out a little, join the club.
As a habitual yeller and freaker-outer in times of high stress, I’ve come to realize that I’m a little lazy in the “leading by example” department. Seeing my kids freak out over stupid crap just like their mama reminds me how far I have yet to go.
That’s not to say I suck entirely. Just the other day while driving, I pulled over for a screaming ambulance and said a prayer. When BooBoo asked who I was talking to, I told him I was asking God to protect the person who needed help. When he asked why, I told him it was just something I’ve always done. When someone, anyone needs help, I send a prayer; it’s my thing. My son loved the idea and has since been sending his own little prayers for people, animals, bugs – anyone who needs help. So while maybe my kid picked up ugly yelly habits from me, it’s comforting to know he’s also picking up the good stuff.
All this got me thinking about the positive things our kids pick up from us naturally. If we allow our kids catch us in the act of doing these simple things, we’re sure to make a lasting and positive impression. Now who’s with me?
What else should our children catch us doing?
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