Sometimes, reality can hit; we are responsible for this child, and we have to shape them into the person that we think is an upstanding citizen of the world. But sometimes we can be a bit of a hypocrite, especially if we go to various cocktail parties and socialise more than we should. But, it’s never too late to be the role model that you want to be. How can we be parents that our children really look up to?
Take Care Of Yourself
Health is one of those things that we can neglect, and before we know it, it’s a bit too late to backtrack. This means that if we have certain unhealthy habits, it’s time to rectify these. And while if we’ve been used to a lifetime of socialising, things like alcohol and cigarettes are par for the course. But it’s all about cutting down gradually and making certain healthier swaps. Something like an ecig is a good swap to cut down on that unhealthy vice. Being the best version of you is all about turning yourself into a pillar of health. Make sure you have time to exercise, eat well, and all those overstated things. They are overstated for a reason.
Be Conscious Of What You Say And Do
Everything you do becomes a blueprint for your child and how they live. If you want to be a positive influence on them, think about every single aspect of what you say or what you do, but at the same time, this could be incredibly stressful to think about. It’s worth being conscious of what you do and what you say. And while we can all make mistakes, if we recognise we made a mistake, then we have to own up to it. If you want to raise a child that is a dependable person, well mannered, and embodies all those great characteristics, then you have to embody them as well.
Start Right Now
While failing to prepare is preparing to fail, we can spend a long time with the best of intentions, but never feel we have the time to truly do it. The sooner you begin, the better inroads you make, and the quicker the results. We have to remember that it is a long game, and while it’s all about that debate of nature versus nurture, it’s impossible for us to blame everything on the environment our child is in. We have to take responsibility for our children, and habits that they start to have at an early age is what will set them up for life. This means that we have to take the bull by the horns, embrace the difficulties, and realise that we need to learn as well. You are the person they look up to, and if they see someone who’s always looking to better themselves, this is what they consider to be the norm.
We can spend a lot of time thinking about the perfect parental archetypes, but if we want to be the best for our child we have got to be the best version of ourselves.