Be of noble character all you parents. Your homeschooling children are watching every move you make, whether you are aware of it or not. One of my mom’s favorite quotes is by Benjamin Franklin who said, “A good example is the best sermon.” These are some powerful words, because we all know children learn what they live. It may be easier to talk the talk but, you really have to walk the walk.
If you don’t want your child to do it – don’t do it. If you don’t want your child to say it – don’t say it. If you want your child to act with dignity, integrity, and wisdom you will have to show them how in all situations. Even when they aren’t around and they have no idea what you are doing, you have to set a good example, because people will treat your children in different ways depending on what they know about you. Long after you have done a good deed your children can still benefit.
Why Setting an Example for Homeschooling Children is Important
It is unbelievable just how much young ones will mimic their parents. Just look at the animal kingdom to really get a sense of how much is learned by example. In his book, Your Best Life Now, Joel Osteen, tells a story of a dog whose back legs became paralyzed after being hit by a car. The dog learned to overcome this terrible injury by using her front legs and dragging the back ones along. Soon the dog gave birth to some of the cutest little puppies you’ve ever seen. After a while the owners of the dogs noticed that the puppies were also dragging their legs. They immediately took them to the vet, thinking that the puppies had been injured at the same time their mother was hurt. To everyone’s shock and surprise the puppies’ legs were fine. They were just mimicking their mother. Interesting story, huh? And definitely something to think about the next time you feel like losing your temper.
Confucius once said, “From the loving example of one family, a whole state may become loving; from the ambition and perseverance of one man, the whole state may be thrown into a rebellion. Such is the nature of influence. . .” Homeschooling or not, your children will definitely benefit from these wise ideas.
To set a good example at all times is a tall order. There will be days when you are not at your best. But on a daily basis try to look your best, be kind and brave, making wise decisions, listening to others, helping someone in need. Standing up for what is right. Your homeschooling children are always watching.