Whether it be calmly handling a fight between siblings or showing kindness to a person who has treated us wrong, the very best way we can mold our children into the type of people we want them to be is to become that person ourselves. It really is a win-win situation, because by modeling a better person to your children, you will inevitably become that person. If it’s important enough to want for our kids, shouldn’t we want it for ourselves as well?
Being the person you want them to be means handling joys and disappointments in the way you want them to. Show them through actions how to be confident, happy and caring to the people around them. Teach them that throwing a fit when you don’t get your way is not acceptable, and teach them that by gracefully accepting disappointment and frustration.
When it comes to raising children, there is nothing more influential or important as parents, so we owe it to our kids to take that responsibility seriously, and do what we can to shape them into happy, well-adjusted and caring individuals.