Have you ever opened your mouth and heard your mother coming out?
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It typically happens when you’re lecturing one of your children because of something they’ve done.
I would say it comes when you’re least expecting it, but I don’t know that we ever expect it to happen.
Lead by Example
Sure, we’ve heard of it happening to others, but we often say, “I will never do/say [insert whatever your parents did here] to my child!”
But then it happens. Why?
Because children learn what they live. We are essentially products of our environment.
It’s this realization that surfaced when I became a parent. I read a poem by Dorothy Law Nolte speaking about this very subject when I was a child, and it stuck with me.
In fact, it left such an impression on me that I adapted it as my own parenting mantra.
Therefore, when I was given the “Mrs. No Nonsense” Award by Niagara Water and asked about my best No Nonsense parenting tip, I knew which one I should share: Lead by Example.
With modern technology, parenting is a bit more of a stretch in today’s society than in years past.
Yet, even with all the “stuff” that can hinder our journey, we still have the power to be a positive influence in the life of our children.
That never changes.
Do we fail? Absolutely. We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t, right?
But it’s how we respond to situations and circumstances that teach our children how to react.
It’s the way we show our children unconditional love, compassion, and humility that sets the example as they handle the world around them.
Nothing makes me as happy as seeing my children reach out to help those around them —without prompting from me.
By simply watching Colby and I live our lives out loud, in front of them, they are unknowingly carrying on our legacy.
Again, there may be some aspects of our parenting journey we wish we could turn back the hands of time on and reverse.
But, when we look at how amazing our children are, we know we must have shown them a good thing or two along the way.
You know what though? Perhaps they do see it.
Maybe they are aware of the fact that I come out when they open their mouths. And, hopefully, they’re okay with that.
Hopefully, we’ve instilled enough good in our children that they can continue to be the world changers we have always believed they could be.
Watch the blog for more real mom tips to come over the next few weeks.
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