We always need to think carefully about what we say and do because someone might be watching us. Young children especially, are great imitators and they will try to imitate the actions of everyone around them. You might notice a child imitating a bad behaviour that you have shown them without even realizing it. We aren’t always aware of what we are doing because we do many things by habit, but all of us have bad habits that we know are wrong and if we don’t actively change them, we may have a bad influence on the people around us.
We need to help build good habits ourselves and become a positive role model, so we can help children and everyone around us to build good habits.
- If we model love, people will learn to love.
- If we model patience, people will learn to be patient.
- If we model kindness, people will learn to be kind.
- If we model responsibility, people will learn to be responsible.
We don’t want to be a model of an angry, unhappy, bitter or nasty person. This certainly doesn’t help anyone, especially ourselves and it won’t attract friends. People want to be around those who are happy, friendly and sincere. By providing children and other people around us, with a loving, supportive atmosphere, it helps them develop the skills necessary to overcome life’s challenges and difficulties. It will help them build confidence in their abilities and increase their self-esteem. It will also help us build our own confidence and esteem.
So remember – someone is watching you! Is it your children, your family, your friends, your co-workers, other people in the community? Are you modelling good habits?