As parents we live and teach by example. You’ve heard the phrase “Do as I say not as I do.” Well, it’s not very effective. And it doesn’t give you very much ground to stand on while trying to correct your child (or anyone else for that matter). This week take a reflection on yourself. Are you living a life that you want passed down to your child? What are some of your strengths and weaknesses?
Habits can be hard to break but creating healthy habits for your children can be a great motivator! And we’re here to motivate you as well! You aren’t alone. Let us know in the comments what habits you are happy to pass along to your children and what habits you need to work on. We can do it together!
Habits I’m passing along
Love – I’m so happy and so blessed to have a family that I love. I want my children to see my marriage and how it is a true partnership. I want them to learn how to treat others and how to love others. We do things together, work together and celebrate together. I hope one day my children find someone who completes them and have children of their own to love.
How I can continue to pass on the habit of love:
Be vocal and continue to tell them I love them. Shower them with hugs and kisses.
Faith – We have a great church that we go to. My son loves his Sunday School class – even asks to go back for youth group at night. I hope to pass on our love for God. I hope that our children know that through the faith in Him that all things are possible and we are not forgotten. I hope they know that God has a very special plan for them and that they live their lives in a way that would make him proud. I hope that they know that we all make mistakes and it’s ok – that no matter what we are forgiven and we are loved.
How I can continue to pass on the habit of faith:
We can continue to go to church and praying for them! We can also continue talking about God and how our faith impacts our choices. We could be more active in reading the Bible at home and practice more devotionals.
Love of Learning – I think having a love of learning is so important! We never know enough! I hope that my kids continue learning new things throughout their lives. I hope that they take a true interest in their education now when it is important rather than looking back and saying “I wish I would have tried harder.”
How I can continue to pass on the habit of love of learning:
I am always reading something. If I get asked a question that I don’t know the answer of I don’t make up an answer we look it up together. We take a big interest in our children’s education and always try to help them achieve personal goals.
Here are a few habits that I want to pass on that I need some work on:
Living a Healthy Lifestyle – I admit it. Exercise at our house isn’t always number one priority. For fun we are more likely to go to the movies than to go for a hike. Goal for this summer: Live a more active lifestyle! (And maybe, cut down on the sweets a little) :)
Joy – I try my best to mask frustration and stress. I’m not the best at it. I’m the person who gets bad news and then is effected by it hours later. I need to work on not letting others steal my joy. I have so much to be thankful for. One thing going wrong can’t take that away!
What about you? What are some habits you are working on creating? What are some that you would like to create?
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