Patience was not Abby O'Shea's greatest virtue, but somehow she had the good sense to realize that the only way she was going to get her son home in time for Santa was by controlling her temper. She was consciously very controlled and patient at the service counter, but what she didn't realize until she happened to glance at her son and see he was watching her every move. And isn't that always the truth? We just never know when our kids are watching us. But at least one thing is for sure: the lesson in the values of compassion, perseverance, patience, anger management, and optimism the mom modeled that day was one that her four-year-old son wouldn't forget.
From that day on, Abby was infinitely more conscious of how everything she did had a powerful impact on her son. She learned very quickly how her example was one of the best ways for Ryan to learn. After all, our behavior is like a living textbook, so always ask yourself what lessons your children might be learning. We all need to consciously become the model we want our children to copy.
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Although nobody gets a parenting manual or bible in the delivery room, it is our duty as parents to try to make our kids as well rounded, happy and confident as possible. It is a lot easier to bring up great kids than it is to try and fix problems caused by bad parenting, when our kids have become adults. Our children are all individuals - they are not our property but people in their own right.