Children are very observant. Although we may think they aren’t paying attention, they watch everything we do. Good behavior and bad behavior all gets absorbed into their memory. Although we know actions speak louder than words we tend to do wrong, tell children the right things to do, and expect them to follow what we say instead of what we do. This makes absolutely no sense. Children become confused when you try to give them good advice and you’re doing wrong. They start to believe that the reason you tell them not to do things, is because you don’t want them to experience the “fun” you’re experiencing.
Saying “don’t be like me” or “I want better for you” goes in one ear and out the other. Children are very logical thinkers. You can’t tell your child not to drink, then come home drunk, and expect them not to do the same. Ladies, you can’t expect your daughters to be with respectful men if they watch the man in your life mistreat you.
You can’t tell your overweight child it’s best to eat healthy while taking a bite out of a Big Mac. I take that back, you can tell them anything you want, but you can’t expect them to listen. You can expect them to follow your actions. Show the children in your life how to live through your actions, not with your words, trust me, they’re watching you!