Be the adult…….

by Rod Smith

The Mercury / Thursday

Daily parenting challenge which I hope you will adopt…

• Be today the adult you’d want your child to become.

• Negotiate deals, resolve conflicts, compromise, in exactly the manner you hope your child does when he/she is an adult. Powerful learning happens by experience and observing, but it’s more than that. Your personal transformations will shape and “lift” your family beyond the power of role-modeling. How you are sets the path for how your children will (likely) be.

• Use money, save money, leverage resources in the manner you hope your child will one day utilize resources. Attitudes, actions are yeast-like. Your behaviors shape and become the norm.

• Treat your parents in the manner you hope your adult children will treat you in your advancing years and then expect nothing more or less.

• Love, serve your siblings and their families so your children in order to remove ambiguity about how love behaves in an immediate and extended family.

• Be an avid reader if you want your child to be an avid reader. It might not immediately “take” but chances are it will in the future. Valuable habits take time, not nagging.

• If you want your child to be well-mannered, courageous and kind, be that way with lover, friend, foe. There is no other way to teach these values.

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