Being a Role Model

  • Think of one or two habits or virtues that you’d like your children to develop as they mature. Come up with specific ways that you can model those attributes.
  • Review the promises you have made to your kids lately. Make sure you keep them.
  • Take your kids to do  work for an elderly person.
  • Discuss with your wife some of the negative modeling your children are receiving from friends, peers, the media, or from you.
  • Take a hard look at your daily habits and emotions. Is there room for improvement? Have you been giving your integrity enough thoughtful consideration?
  • Make sure you pick up your clothes and keep your room tidy.
  • When the car or a major appliance breaks down, show your children how to handle the problem positively.
  • Explain to your children why you have voted for a particular candidate instead of another.
  • Always be extra considerate of your wife. Help her with tasks around the house; hold doors open for her; compliment her in your children’s presence.
  • Ask your children often: “How can I help?”