There comes a moment in most parents' lives when their child does something exactly like them. And it's not always a good thing. A friend of mine recently told me that she bought her toddler daughter a play kitchen, and the little girl started throwing the dishes in the sink and sighing ... just like she does. It obviously wasn't her proudest parenting moment.
Kids are sponges. Whether we realize it or not, they pick up almost every single thing that we say and do -- and it can be a real wake-up call.
A powerful video by True Activist called "Children See. Children Do." has just been released, and wow, it's a great, albeit intense, reminder of how our children absorb everything. It's a must-watch, and a must-pass along, for anyone with kids. Check it out:
Our children all look up to us as their role models, so anything they see us do -- be it yelling, smoking, or texting and driving -- they're likely to repeat. As we all know, the ol' "do as I say, not as I do" adage really does not work.
Parenting is hard. We all know this. But maybe when we're having a particularly trying day, we should watch this video to remind ourselves that our kids are watching us. Constantly.
If that doesn't make us want to always be conscious of our actions, I don't know what will.
What habits of yours have your kids mimicked?
Image via True Activist/YouTube