** The following article was copied from www.allprodad.com.
As we strive to be role models for our kids, there will be plenty of times we fail. Our children have a funny way of calling us out when we do something that is inconsistent with what we are teaching them. For example, it’s a bit of a wake up call to have your children stop you mid-sentence because you’re talking with your mouth full at the dinner table after you’ve told them they shouldn’t.
If you desire to be a role model, who is worthy of following, here are 6 areas in your life that need to be evaluated and changed accordingly.
Watch what you say. Whether you think your kids are listening or not, they hear you. Be careful not to call other people names, gossip, or curse if you don’t want your kids doing the same things.
How you talk to someone is just as important as the words that are used. Be careful to speak to your spouse and others with respect.
Negativity breeds more negativity. Have a can-do attitude for your child to be prepared to take on the world. Sometimes even the smallest attitude adjustment can go a long way.
Are your elbows on the table? Do you hold doors for women when out in public? Your children will be little gentlemen and little ladies only if you model it yourself.
Exhibit confidence to your kids in doing what is good. Always do the right things for the right reasons.
We all make mistakes. Are you modeling the father’s forgiveness for your children? And do you apologize when you are in the wrong?
The greatest gift that you can give your children is love. Be a model of love to your kids. Show and tell your children that they mean the world to you. They will learn to love the way you do.