It’s no surprise; your baby will learn a lot from you throughout her life. In fact, you are your little one’s first teacher, and she is learning every day. But kids don’t only learn from the games you play and the things you say. They also learn from what they observe.
Your baby is a natural copycat. For example, your little one sees what you do and will often imitate facial expressions and words you say. But what about your less than ideal habits, do kids pick up on those too? The answer is yes. Good or bad; even young children learn behaviors from their parents.
Keep in mind, your children are never too young for you to model good behavior. Even before babies can talk, they understand more than you may realize. Plus, if you have some bad habits that you don’t want to instill in your child, it’s best to make the changes while your kids are still young.
It’s clear you have a lot of influence on your child as he grows up. Being a role model may seem like a big responsibility, and it is. But before it stresses you out, don’t have to be perfect to be a positive role model. Everyone makes mistakes, and that’s OK. The important thing is to be aware of the message you’re sending your child and the examples you are setting.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind about being a role model for your baby as he grows. One of the best things you can do to be a positive influence on your child is model good behavior. For instance, say “please” and “thank you” and demonstrate good manners.
As your child’s role model, it’s also important to show respect to everyone around you. Showing kindness to those around you will teach your child how to treat others, which is a valuable life lesson.
Modeling positive behavior also includes sticking to your promises. While your baby is an infant, he won’t understand if you cancel plans to play with him. But as he gets older, he’ll know if you break promises. Most parents need to change plans on occasion, but it’s helpful to explain the situation to your child in an age-appropriate way as he gets older.
Keep in mind, by being a good role model for your baby right from the start, you help her develop a strong foundation for positive relationships and healthy behaviors that can last a lifetime.
Written by MaryAnn [email protected]
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