Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance
If you’re a parent, you want your children to be successful in life. The most important thing you can do is to be a positive role model. Good or bad, your child will most likely grow up to be a lot like you, even if they seem different on the surface.
As the old saying goes, you should practice what you preach. You can lecture your children until you’re blue in the face, but if you’re not living an exemplary life, your children will probably follow your actions, rather than the words that come out of your mouth.
In addition, you cannot build your children up enough. Although you definitely need to correct them and even punish bad behavior reasonably, you should speak positively to and about your children. Spend time with them, caring for them and helping them learn.
Make sure they know that making mistakes is okay, but continuing to make the same errors in judgment is not. Let them know that your love and pride in them is not conditional, although you may not be fond of some of the decisions they make.
Most of all, show your children how to behave. Let them learn from you the power of positive thinking and the results of focusing on the good, even in bad situations. Do your best to be what you want your children to be, and let them follow your lead.
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