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Why Can’t We Be Our Children’s Heroes?

October 26th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Raising children, in this day and age, has its challenges.  The days of our heroes being cowboys, who never tell lies, and always captured the bad guy in the black hat, are over.  Our favorite cowboys have been replaced by sports figures and rock stars, who suffer from infidelity and drug problems.  Since our children’s pool of good examples for heroes is small, why can’t we, their parents, be their heroes?

Our children are watching us every day.  They learn how to interact in the world by what they see.  We can leave it to the rock stars to school our children, or we can rise to the occasion.  We can’t force our children to look at us like their hero, but the way we live our lives as a testimony for them to observe. Here’s eleven ways to be a great role model for our younger generation.

1.  They’ll do what you do, not what you tell them to do.
2.  Have a great work ethic for them to see.
3.  Finish what you start, even if it’s not what you thought it would be.
4.  Always be consistent.  Do what you say you are going to do.  Don’t threaten punishment if you aren’t going to carry through with it.
5.  Always keep your promises.
6.  Show your family they are your top priority.
7.  Love your spouse with all your heart.  Never put your children, first, before your spouse.
8.  Do something, every day, to show them what’s in your heart.
9.  Say you’re sorry when you in the wrong, especially to them.  Mean it when you say it.
10.  Live a life of principles.  A life lived well is a better testament than all the words ever spoken.
11.  Tell them how much you love them every chance you get.  Let them know every day what you love about them.

One of the saddest scenario in raising children is sung by Harry Chapin in his song “The Cat’s in the Cradle”.  Albert Einstein Said it best, “Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.”

Positive parenting pays its dividends in our children.  It’s not the easiest role in our life, but it is the most rewarding.  The role models we are today passes down for many generations to come.  Some day, you might find out you’re the hero in your children’s lives.

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