Sunday, October 25, 2009
So what can we do knowing what I've written above. Want your kids to read books? Pick-up a book and start reading yourself - yes, everyday and with genuine enthusiasm. Kids can tell when you are faking it. Want your daughter to be good in sports? - play soccer, tennis or golf with your buddies and take him along with you or at the minimum watch the sport on TV with her. Want your daughter to have interest in music? - listen to good music yourself and dance or sing with it. Want your son to have interest in cooking? - do cooking in front of him and show how much genuine fun you are having doing it. Want your kids to eat veggies? - cook and eat veggies (with a smiling face) in front of them. It may take some time but you'd have a very high chance at teaching your kids the things you really want them to learn. A lot of times, parents just tell thier kids to do something (like read for 30 minutes) while they themselves are busy doing some office work or watching TV. It's not going to work and in the end you'd get frustrated and take it out on your kids.
So in short - be the change you want to see in your kids. Be happy, adopt healthy eating habits and make smart choices in general and your kids will watch and learn without you sitting down and teaching them.
It's not what you say but what you do that matters - specially to your kids. Wow ... did I just come up with this or have I heard this saying before?