Ways to Be a Godly Example for Your Children

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Little eyes watch everything you do, so be sure to model great behavior. That means being intentional about attitudes and conduct you most desire to develop in your youngsters. Be purposeful in your actions and words because your children want to be like you.

Choose what outcomes you desire most in your child’s behavior. Then consider how to intentionally model the conduct and do it with enthusiasm. Focus on the ones most important and then add others gradually.

Show Kindness

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Kindness includes good manners and being polite to one another. Provide opportunities to practice good behavior. Eating together affords great moments to say please, thank you, and compliment the chef and helpers. It’s also a time to share about the day and speak kindly to one another as well as to serve favorites to celebrate an accomplishment or uplift a family member’s spirits. Doing something thoughtful shows consideration and fosters acts of kindness.

Model Emotional Responsibility

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Remember the power of being authentic and apologizing, too. Use words to express that you are sorry when you said something hurtful or ignored your child. Words have the power to bring pain or joy. Express your positive emotions with cheerful words about the day and praise for loved ones.

Mom talking to a child

Use Wholesome Language

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Ephesians 4:29

This verse reminds us to only let wholesome words come out of our mouths.

Try to balance any constructive criticism with praise to model balance in speech. Compliment your kids telling them they are fearfully and wonderfully made by God. Be real in sharing that you love someone’s smile or enjoyed something they said. Praise loved ones for effort and not only accomplishments.

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Model Social Interaction

Schedule play dates and plan some activities your children enjoy, to make the social interaction go smoothly. Let them see you greet their friends and engage them in conversation. Encourage them to follow your example by chatting about the friend’s talents and admirable attributes before the arrival.

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Care for Your Home

Show that you care about your home. Keep it organized. Clean up after yourself when you grab a snack. Take time as you arrive home to put away your things. Come alongside your children to help them learn to clean up after they play or eat a snack. Make room for toys and clothes so everything has a place where it belongs.

Together your family makes your home a haven, a place to relax, entertain, and feel accepted.

Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices

When parents choose a balanced diet and include daily exercise in their routine, then so do their children. Children notice what’s in the pantry, how you groom yourself, spend your time, and even when you see a doctor. Your healthy habits will motivate them to live well and develop healthful behaviors.

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Observational Learning is a natural part of a child’s day. They notice what adults do and make similar choices. Make sure you model the best behaviors for your family.

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