While no one can guarantee the success of any set of suggestions because each child is an individual, there are a few things you can do to build a good foundation.
Raising children with good character is not an easy job. Mother’s in particular have been given an awesome responsibility because whether married or single, the duty of childrearing generally falls directly into the mother’s hands. Being a good mother can sometimes be complicated but here I’ll try to provide some tried and true lessons for raising children today.
So, here we go. Lesson number one, be a good example. Do as I say not as I do was outdated in our parents generation. The reality is our children are like little sponges soaking up everything we say and do. They mimic our actions, our words, and our attitudes. The saying “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” couldn’t be more accurate. You can’t plant apple seeds and expect to get an orange tree. Likewise, when you get the phone call from the Principle about Little Johnny not behaving well in class, you have to ask yourself “what kind of seeds have I planted?”
Therefore, look for opportunities to demonstrate the type of behaviors you want your children to possess. Don’t have them answer the phone and tell the bill collector you’re not there when you are if you don’t want them to lie. Don’t promise to do things and then break your word if you want them to know what having a word really means.
Being a good example for your children will go a long way in helping them to develop the characteristics that can lead them to a healthy, productive, fulfilling life.