We all want our children to grow up to be the best individuals they possibly can be. However, nurturing our children to the best of our abilities is easier said than done. Up to this day, I do not think experts have already found or devised a parenting formula that assures of children growing up to be wonderful and successful adults.
A post I read titled, How to Raise Happy, Healthy Children reminded me of one very important parenting method that I often neglect–setting example. Most of the time, I use words to communicate lessons to my kids–on what to eat, how to behave in Church, how to treat other kids, and etc. Looking back, I feel ashamed to say that I am not even sure if I am practicing everything that I have been telling them to do. Parents are often guilty of the old saying, “Do as I say, not as I do”.
Children learn by imitation and parents are the number one influence in our children’s world. If we want to raise happy, healthy, successful and self-confident children, we have to model, more than just verbalize the actions we desire them to adopt.