Your Children Will Notice

 

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Modeling good behav­ior is a sig­nif­i­cant vari­able when rais­ing chil­dren and per­haps the most dif­fi­cult to do con­sciously. We all have pat­terns of behav­ior that we would pre­fer NOT pass­ing down to our kids. I per­son­ally can rat­tle off a hun­dred but I’ll spare you.
So we do what we can, when we can. Right?
Here is an exam­ple of a dad who could have taught his child a valu­able les­son but chose to ignore the oppor­tu­nity:

I was stand­ing with my grand­son on a crowded NYC train. We were in front of two teen girls who were clearly not sick or tired as they gig­gled and danced in their seats while tak­ing self­ies. The dad of one of the girls stood next to me. They all noticed the lit­tle boy. How could you not? Poor kid was barely able to hold the sub­way bar and grandma had to repeat­edly remind him while explain­ing why it was so impor­tant.
I was really sur­prised by their lack of com­pas­sion and self absorp­tion but more sur­prised and dis­ap­pointed by the dad for not inter­ven­ing. He missed the chance to be a role model.

What you do at these mini moments will have last­ing effects. They build on each other. I encour­age us all, and espe­cially par­ents, to demon­strate kind­ness and respect when­ever pos­si­ble. Your chil­dren will notice.

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