Parenting is like a road that begins before our children are born and carry on through the entire journey of a life. I think most parents hope this for their children, that they will grow into productive, honorable, men and women. But when does good character training begin?
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It’s not always easy, this thing called parenting. Some days you smile and laugh at your adorable child as they smile up at you and bring laughter into your heart and you think all is right with the world.
Other days you feel like you are going to lose your mind when you repeat the same instructions, over, and over, and over, again, and again. Yet, that is our job, to train up a child. The child’s job is to learn and this is most often accomplished by repetition.
Parenting Character by Example
So how do we train up a child to become adults that have honorable character?
I believe, like anything, the earlier we can begin to teach, train, and lead, our children in good character qualities the more grounded they will be when they reach adulthood. It begins by setting an example. Children learn best by the example that we live before them.Children learn best by the example we live before them. Click To Tweet
They see it, hear it, observe it, and reflect it, in their own life. We set the standard for them, from the earliest of ages.
As our children get older and we begin to set expectations for them and they begin to reflect the life we have lived before them from their earliest childhood. We will begin to see who they may become when they reach adulthood. They will reflect the example you have laid for them. This is where the do as I do becomes do as I say and the two better be aligned. If they do not, then you will be living a lie in front of your child.
WHICH PARENTING ROAD ARE YOU ON?
- If we want our children to have a strong work ethic but we sit on the couch and watch TV all day, then they see that work isn’t very important to us.
- If we want our children to be honest, yet we lie to cover our tracks, they learn that a “little lie” is preferable to honesty.
- If we want our children to have strong marriages and we spend our time husband bashing, we fail to honor their father in their eyes and they learn that marriage isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
- If we want them to exhibit patience, kindness and love to others, yet they hear us grumble, complain and yell at them when they don’t get it right the first time, then they are learning that patience, love and kindness are not as important as the appearance of getting it right.
We can’t have it both ways. If we want our children to grow up to have good character then we need to walk our road exhibiting good character and we can not swerve from that path. It’s not easy. It requires us to live honestly.
If you haven’t been setting the good character example then you can start today. Make changes to show you say what you mean and you mean what you say because you are living the example. Your parenting road should be a the example you want your children to grow into.
What do you believe contributes to children growing up into honorable adults who display good character? I’d love to know your tips for teaching good character traits, tell me in a comment below.
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