It’s a common belief that children imitate the people around them. This is especially prevalent the younger the children are. Once again, self awareness will help here. A question to ask yourself is: is my current behavior the type I want my child to imitate when they grow older? This question is especially important when dealing with tough times. When you’re angry, sad, or frustrated about something, your body language and tone will be absorbed by the child. What you are teaching them is the “proper” way to react when they’re also frustrated, sad, or mad.
Consider the behaviors you’d like your children to have such as: friendliness, generosity, kindness, honesty, and respect. Do you exhibit these behaviors on a daily, or even hourly basis? If the answer is no, then you might be teaching your children something else entirely – and not even know it.