As parents or guardians, we strive to raise our children to the best of our abilities. We teach them how to talk, walk, and behave. It is our duty to show them right from wrong and lead them on the right path. No parent wants to see their child fail or in jail. So what do we do about this? Well, first we have to correct ourselves. Our children are watching everything we do.
Have you ever wondered where your child learned something? Have you ever questioned why they act a certain way? It’s more than likely they learned it from you. Our kids from the time they are born until they practically move out, watch and listen to everything we do. They may act as though they aren’t listening but they are. They watch the way you talk, the way you react, and the things you do daily. Children are the biggest imitators. They mimic everything you do. So what are you doing in front of your child?
I pray that we are all mindful of our actions in front of our children because it sticks with them a lifetime. If you smoke in front of them, they will smoke too. If you drink in front of them, they will drink too. If you cuss in front of them, they will repeat every word. We are their first teachers. We imprint certain habits we may not have known we did. Think about how you grew up. Did you always do the things you do or did you learn them from your parents?
Parents MUST be accountable for their actions. You may be the reason your child treats people the way they do. You may be the reason they aren’t getting the best grades because you aren’t there to help. I’m not saying that parents are to blame for everything but we have to be accountable. We do things in front or our children that carries on to future generations. Our history is nothing more than past mistakes being constantly repeated. Can we change this tiresome habit?
Parents, if you truly want a better future for your child, first show them better. Show them by not doing the hurtful or very impressionable things in front of them. How can they strive to be better if you hinder that process? Stop saying the things you say, stop hanging around the people you are, and stop acting the way you act. If it’s not positive or loving, you’re cursing your child to repeat history. Your child IS somewhere watching, what are you doing about it?