Kids are like little sponges, aren’t they? Soaking up everything in their world around them, and learning new things at an alarming pace.
And the phrase, “Do as I say, not as I do,” definitely will fall on deaf ears to a young child, who looks to their parents and probably learns more from modeling our behavior, then from what we as parents are actually trying to teach them.
The way we live, as parents of young children, will have a huge impact on the kind of people that our little ones grow up to be, the lives that they will live, and their relationships with others. Our kids are constantly observing and learning from us, good or bad. Our behavior is one of the strongest influences our kids will have as they figure out what it means to live, and to thrive, in this world.
Knowing this makes my husband and I want to be intentional about the way we live and the way we show our kids what is valuable to us, through our actions. We want to choose to live in a way that will spur our kids on toward living full and meaningful lives.
Here are 21 things we think are important for kids to learn from their parents:
What values do you strive to teach your kids, not through words, but through the way you live your life?
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