I'm sure you've heard the phrase "Imitation is the biggest form of flattery.” Well, it’s not so flattering when you're two year old "imitates" that bad word you just said. Even when you think they aren't watching or listening, your kids pick up on everything that is being said or done. The earlier you learn this, the better.
We've unfortunately slipped a few times and said words that we would not like Evan to repeat. Of course, he decided to repeat those words and used them in a sentence perfectly. We then had to explain to him that those words are very ugly and Mommy and Daddy shouldn't say them anymore.
I'm sure anyone with a toddler or preschool-aged child can provide multiple stories of the things that their child said or did as a result of learning from mommy or daddy. We all learn a little too late that we are our child's biggest teacher and we need to show them how to act.
Always think about how you would feel if your child repeated something you did or said before acting. Try to display all of the positive values that you want them to learn such as generosity and forgiveness. When you do slip, be sure to let them know that you were wrong and made a mistake. Our kids won't turn out perfectly, but the best way to teach them is to lead by example.
From guest blogger, Dee, Two of a Kind