To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today
Kids need love. Kids need boundaries. Kids need someone to look up to and learn from.
Your job, as a parent, is to lead by example ie, modeling the kind of behavior that you want your kids to adopt.
It starts by taking a close, honest look at how you live your own life. At times this kind of self-examination can be uncomfortable, but it’s essential for the well-being of your child.
Your children pay attention to everything you say and do, and they imitate your words and actions. Keep in mind how easily they are influenced. So be your best.
And being your best starts with taking good care of yourself — getting enough sleep, making time to exercise, eating good food and finding healthy ways to manage negative emotions without lashing out. Be a dependable person by keeping the word or promises you have given to the kid.
Invite your child into the conversation to share some things that he or she would like to explore or improve, as well. When your child does something unacceptable, you must implement an appropriate consequence. Don’t hesitate to enforce consequences when a kid breaks a rule.
The habits that children develop at an early age tend to stick with them as they grow older. Since bad habits are tough to break, one of the best things you can do for your children, from day one, is to model behavior which positively shapes their character and values, and equips them to live responsible, productive lives.
Awesome kids grow up to become awesome adults….So sooner, the better