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Let Your Kids Catch You Doing These 12 Things

By Lori Garcia |

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?

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Ways Parents Can Teach Their Children By Example

Talking positively about them

We never know when little ears are listening. Let's be sure to share all the wonderful things our kids are up to whenever possible. When we look on the bright side, the bright side shines brighter.

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What else should our children catch us doing?

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Lori Garcia

Lori Garcia is a writer and mother of two living and loving in Southern California. When she's not fussing with her bangs, you can find her shaking her groove thing on her personal blog, Mommyfriend where she almost never combines true tales of motherhood and mayhem with her degree in child development. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lori's latest posts →

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8 thoughts on “Let Your Kids Catch You Doing These 12 Things

  1. Adina Soclof says:

    I loved this article. It is so true. The best way to teach our kids to be good people is to try our best to be good and be role models for them. This was a sweet and honest article about one Mom trying to do just that.
    Thanks for your great articles,
    Keep them coming.

  2. kelly says:

    you forgot helping others. I feel that this is an important thing to show and teach our children. My 13 year old son has been involved in several Volunteer activities since he was 5, everything from animal rescue to Special Olympics. It has made him quite the outstanding citizen, I am so proud of who he is becoming!

  3. mommyfriend says:

    Kelly, what a wonderful addition to the list. Thank you!

  4. Kaitlyn says:

    Reading real books! When we read on a screen (laptop, Kindle, etc), it isn’t apparent to our kids that we are reading. I think it helps them to value reading if they see us with hardcovers and paperbacks.

  5. Alicia says:

    I think one very important thing that wasn’t addressed is admitting when you’re wrong. It’s sometimes hard and embarrassing to admit when you do something or get something wrong, but it’s important to do so, and to teach your kids how to do it. My parents would never admit when they were wrong about something, especially if they accused me of doing something I didn’t, and it really made an impact on me in that I thought it was important to stick to your guns even when I was in the wrong. I didn’t learn to admit when I made a mistake and how to apologize for it. Now I make a point to admit when I’m wrong about something and to apologize to my son when that happens so he’ll learn that mistakes happen, and it’s easier to admit to them and learn from them than to pretend they never happened.

  6. Shelby says:

    What about READING?

  7. Fey says:

    In Telling the truth (even when it’s hard); does that include telling them the truth about Santa Claus?

  8. akshay says:

    The #13 Sex

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