When I chose to have children, I knew that it is was going to be the single most important and influential “job” of my life. No, it’s not something we get compensated for. However, raising children in to good adults in every sense of the word, is worth more than any amount of money in the world. There is nothing more rewarding than having children who grow up to be kind, compassionate, loyal, hard-working, loving and sensible adults. For me personally, if I can say that about all 4 of my children 5, 10, 15 years from now, I will be the richest person in the world.
When I became pregnant with my first child, I knew I wanted to make decisions for the rest of my life that were going to be beneficial to my children. I exercised, slept and ate well during all my pregnancies. I knew that by taking care of myself, I was at the same time, starting my new job as a, “Mom”.
Now that my children are little people growing and watching my choices, actions and behaviors each and every day, I know that my job as a mom is even that much more important. If I make bad choices and decisions, wouldn’t that give my children permission to do the same? I’m the parent. As parents we should be role models, not life lessons. We should be teaching right from wrong by demonstrating every day what’s, “right”.
It’s the little things. It’s the big things. It’s all these thing below we can do, to be role models to our children. None of us are perfect. Our children will never be perfect. But, we can do our best to live a life our children can respect and be thankful for as they get older. Here are 30 ways to be a role model to your children. Bookmark it. Pin it. Cut it out and put it on your refrigerator as daily reminders. This is good stuff!
- Be a good, loyal friend.
- Be a loving spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend.
- Tell the truth all the time.
- If you make mistakes, apologize and learn from them.
- Do not repeat mistakes.
- Make good choices.
- Be the best version of yourself.
- Show compassion towards others.
- Spend valuable time with your children.
- Don’t drink excessively in front of your children.
- Use good manners.
- If life knocks you down, show your children how you can always get back up.
- Practice random acts of kindness.
- Work hard.
- Be thankful for the little things in life.
- Appreciate what you have.
- Teach your children the value of a dollar.
- Keep a clean house.
- Teach your children to help around the house.
- Talk kindly to others.
- Eat healthy.
- Tell your children you love them everyday.
- Don’t settle for anything less than you deserve.
- Never quit, unless it causes more harm than good.
- When you make a commitment, stick to it.
- Value family.
- Value friendships.
- Value, values.
- Never cheat on anything or anyone in life.