Written by: Leslie Campos (Well Parents)
We’ve all heard (or said) the phrase, “Do as I say, not as I do,” at some point or another. It’s an especially common sentiment for parents – after all, we want our kids to learn the best approaches to life, even when those aren’t the approaches we take ourselves. Unfortunately, however, kids learn a lot through observation.
That said, this doesn’t need to be discouraging. There are tons of small but powerful ways you can set good examples for your children. Butterfly Lifestyle has gathered these resources to help you figure out how you can be the example your child needs to thrive:
What does your behavior teach your child about school?
● Encourage your child’s natural love of learning by engaging with them on topics that spark their curiosity.
● Read in front of them to establish an interest in reading.
● Consider going back to school yourself to show them the power of higher education.
Does your child see you care for your own body?
● Cooking with your children can foster a positive relationship with food.
● Avoid speaking negatively about your own or other peoples’ bodies.
● Can’t find time to exercise? Check out our Healthy Parents Childcare program.
Spirituality and Self-Actualization
How does your family value the soul?
● Engage with your child when they ask big questions about spirituality.
● Participate in spiritual practices together as a family.
● Talk openly with children about your beliefs and encourage them to develop their own.
Remember, you don’t have to be perfect to set a good example for your kids. Indeed, giving yourself grace and admitting when you’re wrong is, in and of itself, a beautiful thing to teach your child. We hope this article inspires you to set the example your little one needs to see.
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