We influence our children whether we realize it or not. Or whether we accept it or not. Our children oftentimes observe what we are doing, and how we are behaving, and are thereby influenced into similar attitudes, behavior and actions. If we are happy, positive or optimistic, our children tend to be the same way. If we are unhappy, negative or pessimistic, our children tend to be.
Many parents have discovered that their children, for the most part, feel good when they do — and the ornerier we are, usually the ornerier our children are. They are a strong reflection of the way we are feeling much of the time. The best thing we can do for them is to maintain a good-feeling perspective about the things we are experiencing in our own life. Teach them how to handle any negative situation with a positive outlook.
The most significant thing we can contribute to them is their own Connection and their own stability. An effective parent is a happy parent. An effective parent is a parent who laughs easily and often; and who doesn’t take things so seriously. Our greatest gift is to guide our children with our own positive attitude and actions.
Ah, yes, the old modeling behavior…. yes, it does work…..
Now, my gift to me is….. a cup of tea this morning.