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August 20, 2015

TBT: Imitation Parenting

Hal photo outside Feb2012Children are natural mimics; they act like their parents in spite of every effort to teach them good manners.” (Author unknown)

Kids are more absorbent than we’ll ever know, even thought it seems like just the opposite is true. They watch us with eyes and hearts that simply do not forget. The things that we try to teach them are well and good. It is important that we teach them how to write a thank you note or how to be a good friend, for instance. What we must realize, however, is that those intentional lessons can only go so far. It is the unintentional lessons that we teach which our children will remember forever.

Think of it this way: How do you want your child’s romantic relationships to look? How strong do you want their work ethic to be? How generous do you want them to be with those less fortunate? Instead of telling them how to do all of these things, focus on the way that you do them right now. That way, when your kids are grown and they find themselves sounding just like their mother or father, they will be proud to do so.

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