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Your Children Are Watching You

\"When I grow up, I wanna be just like you!\" whether we like it or not, it happens.

“When I grow up, I wanna be just like you!” -- This phrase may be verbalized or unspoken. But, whether we like it or not, it happens.

The home is the child’s first classroom. Whatever form it is, may it be the house, an orphanage, the streets, or the market square--where the child is raised, that is his home.

What then is the implication of this phrase for parents and our children?

1. Examples from which children learn called models, can be adults such as parents, teachers, peers, siblings, friends; and icons presented on TV, films, printed pages, and other audio-visual stimuli.

2. The behaviors of children are learned from and strengthened by models around them.

3. Parents are influential in shaping not only their children’s observable behavior, but also their children’s reactions and attitudes.

4. The way a child is treated by his parents largely determines how he will treat other people later in their life.

5. Children follow more what parents do than what parents say.

6. Parents influence the behavior of their children by their daily example and how they treat each other.

7. Parents who are harsh to their children with the intention of teaching good behavior may actually be teaching the children how to misbehave.

8. Children learn their sex roles by parental example.

9. Consistency between parental precept and example is a string factor in teaching children right behavior.

10. A steady flow of parental love and warmth facilitates children’s early learning of moral standards.

In view of these, it would be good to examine ourselves as parents and ask these questions: What kind of parental model am I? Do I facilitate or hinder my children’s learning of what I would like them to learn by my precept-example consistency? What influences surround my children from whom they would inevitable learn behavioral standards? Do our children see in their parents a united front such that values of right conduct stand out clearly, or are they confused because of a double standard presented before them? Do our children see in us the kind of man or woman they’d like to be? Do we treat our children the way we would like them to treat others? Are we what we expect our children to become?

Modeling is a very effective way to transmit and modify behavior. It is a very potent learning process. So, be careful, your children are watching you live your life.

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Very good article loaded with lots of great advice for parents!