It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun, all I can do is reach for it, myself. ~ Joyce Maynard
We as parents are constantly being watched by our children. They are looking at us to set the example for them to emulate. It is important to be the best example for them that we can be. That is not always easy.
When we lead by example, we make it easy for others to follow our example. Mahatma Gandhi and Alexander the Great helped change the world because they lived by example, and as a result, they accomplished great things. People notice what we do, whether it is what we want them to emulate, or not. When we treat others with respect, they tend to treat themselves and others respectfully, too.
Children watch how hard their parents work and develop their work ethic from their parents. If you want your child to be successful in life, it is important that you show them first hand that the key to success is hard work and dedication. The lessens that we teach by doing things the right way are far more important than the lessens we preach but don’t actually adhere to ourselves.
One of the most important things we can do is to admit when we are wrong, to apologize, and to say “I don’t know,” if we don’t. Leading by example doesn’t call for perfection by any means. If we can learn from our mistakes and can pass on those lessons to others, we all would benefit greatly. Great people don’t tell you what to do, they show you how it is done.