Your kids reflect you, whether you like it or not. Scary thought, isn’t it?
As you look at them, remember these thoughts about how they are reflecting you.
Your kids will copy you; they will mimic your behavior and words. I think this is the scariest truth of all because so often I am not what I want my kids to be. That’s why I must daily remind myself of how important my example is.
You don’t need to be perfect, just real. When you blow it, say you are sorry. It’s okay for them to know that you have faults. How else will they learn how to admit mistakes and ask forgiveness in their own lives?
Reflections can change. If you don’t like what you see in your kids, take an honest look at yourself. What they reflect can change as you do.
Reflections can get fogged up. Maybe your child is behaving in a way that mystifies you; you have no idea what brought it on and are certain they are not reflecting behavior they see at home. The fact remains though, they got the idea from someone. This is when it’s your job to find out who and where that someone is so you can properly address the issue.
Never give up on what you see in your reflection. Every morning as you get ready for the day, remember that it takes work to prepare yourself–brushing your teeth, washing your face, taking a shower. But you continue to do it every day because you want to look in the mirror and see a presentable person looking back. As you look at your kids each day, remember that you can never give up trying to be someone who is worth reflecting.