In a society over run by the media, it is more important than ever for parents to be a positive role model for their children. Although your child may rebel against you or say that you are “not cool”, they are still watching and learning from your behavior.
Speak like a Role Model
Asking your kids not to use foul language and then cursing like a truck driver is a big mistake. Practice what you preach and watch your language. Cursing and telling your children that it is only okay for grown-ups to talk like that is not a positive solution. Your children will still aspire to be like you. Watch your profanities by setting up a jar that you will have to put a dollar in if you accidentally curse.
Eat Healthy and Stay Active
Kids are more at risk than ever to become overweight due to spending too much time on the Internet and playing video games. Be a positive role model by not only providing, but also eating healthy snacks. If your kids see you enjoying an apple or wheat crackers, they are more likely to reach for those kinds of snacks outside of the house instead of potato chips and soda. If you notice that the whole family is laying around watching movies or surfing the web, organize a family game of baseball or take the kids to the park.
Do Charity Work that You Enjoy
If you’re good at being around people, volunteer at a homeless shelter. If you’re very giving, donate some used items to families in need. If you’re athletic get involved in a walk-a-thon to raise money for cancer research. Your child will be proud of you and be influenced to help others as well. Too many kids fall into the “it’s all about me” trap these days. Invite your child to do charity work with you to show them that it can be fun and rewarding to help others.