“But teach them to your children and to your children’s children...” – Deuteronomy 4:9
When I meet parents for coaching, I share with them a life lesson I learned from my sister, a preschool teacher: “Our kids pick up from our actions more than we realize.”
There’s a video of five-year-old toddlers following every move of their adult companion.
When mom litters, daughter litters.
Dad curses clerk, son curses clerk.
Driving mom gives a dirty finger, son gives a dirty finger.
Dad raises hand at mom, son raises hand at baby.
Children see, children do.
The good side of this is that children learn good things the same way. They learn kindness, respect, forgiveness, humility, caring, love, happiness, celebration, confidence, persistence, aspiration when they see you do it.
Whatever we know to be good, to be true, to be kind, to be loving, let’s do it even in the simplest way. Smile. Greet good morning. Say thank you. Clean as you go. Let others pass through before you.
Because what people see, people do. Edwin S. Soriano (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reflection:How can you be a good example to children around you?
Lord, as Your child, let me show Your love through my actions.
St. Nicholas Owen, pray for us.