DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO
By Doug and Cathy Fields
Excerpted from Intentional Parenting
Have the words “Because I said so” ever come out of your mouth? This “quick fix” answer we sometimes give our kids when they ask “Why?” can ultimately undermine our authority as parents. “Because I said so” was never a satisfying answer when you were a kid; it’s no different now that you’re the parent. When it comes to guiding and teaching our kids, “do as I do” is far more effective than “do as I say.”
Whether we admit it or not, our lives are on display 24/ 7. Our children are always watching and learning from us—from both our positive and negative characteristics and behaviors. Intentional parents understand this reality and think about the messages their actions are sending. Actions always speak louder than words . . .
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