I was talking to a very wise older woman recently about how I wanted to be a good example for my children. With just eight simple words she crystallized what I was aiming for, Be a mom who is worthy of imitation. Wow! So simple, but so powerful.
What do our children see when they see us? Do they see someone they want to be like or not? Even if we can’t do everything right as mothers, we can still strive to be worthy of our child’s imitation. Check out iMOM’s printable version of the 9 Ways to Be Worthy of Imitation, too!
1. Be real.
Being worthy of imitation doesn’t mean putting on a perfect front and hiding the rest. We need to let our children see how we handle life’s challenges—from the big ones, to the little ones. Even if we struggle while we do it, our kids need to see how we handle real life.
2. Be kind.
If we want our children to be kind, we need to be kind as well…to them, and to others.
3. Be honest.
Be true to your word. If you make a promise to your child, keep it. Be truthful and honest even when it takes courage to do the right thing.
4. Be loving.
Loving is the next step after kindness. Show your children lavish love with physical touch and encouraging words. Show love to others too.
5. Be joyful.
You can choose to be joyful. If you model joyfulness, your children will “catch” that joy in their own life.
6. Be diligent.
Don’t give up easily. Be willing to do the grunt work and the little things that add up to big things. See things through to the end.
7. Be restful.
Let your children see you resting, relaxing, and goofing off. Don’t send the message that you have to be “on” 24/7. Balance, balance, balance.
8. Be patient.
Show patience to others and to yourself. Most things in life really aren’t a big deal. If you have to wait a few extra minutes, or if people aren’t doing things fast enough for you, keep your cool.
9. Be hopeful.
You don’t have to be a Polyanna all of the time, but in most cases there is reason for hope. Make sure your children know that you believe that.