We all have aspirations and expectations for our children.

But if you want your children to be something, there’s little point in telling them, you need to show them.

If you want them to be healthy and to fight off childhood obesity, they need to see you eat healthily and exercise regularly.

If you want them to be in control of their emotions, you need to show them how you control your temper when things don’t go your way.

If you want them to have a love of learning, they need to see you reading and studying.

If you want them to develop healthy relationships, you need to show them what it means to be a great husband or wife.

If you want them to be hard workers, they need to see you living diligently (sorry, but wondering why you’re always working late in the office doesn’t count).

If you want them to live optimistically, you need to be able to display resilience during the bad times and be able to smile in the face of adversity.

If you want them to have a healthy spiritual life, you need to role-model the disciplines of your faith and live by your beliefs.

Sometimes as a father, I get frustrated when my kids don’t listen to me.

And then I remember that they may not be listening, but they sure are watching.

It’s harder to be a role-model and I wish that I could just tell them what to do.

But that’s not how it works.

We may be able to fool people from outside our own families, but our kids see everything and know what we’re really like.

So they need to see the best of us as often as possible.

So stop telling them how to live, show them!

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