I am not always patient. Ask Danny. Or my Mom. Or my duplex neighbor. In fact, this post, was a rarity. But I am learning to count my blessings. I often ask myself, "What does this child need?" I have found that by meeting their physical needs of a well-balanced diet and plenty of exercise, then I can see clearly what else they need (without pulling my hair out). I remind myself CONSTANTLY the whole day through, that we learn best from example. My children learn more from what they see me do and hear me say than from what I instruct them to do.
They learn that we brush and floss our teeth after meals by observing me do this.
They learn how to handle their anger by watching how I do it.
They learn the importance of washing their hands by seeing me make it a priority.
They learn how to be reverent by watching me be reverent. (So I don't peek during prayers anymore to see if they are peeking.)
They learn to save their money by watching me save my money. "Why can't I buy the big bag of candy?"
They get excited about things that I get excited about.
Pookie has demonstrated a need to have the yellow blanket when he's sick. Even though he has his own special blanket, he thinks the yellow blanket will heal him.
They want to use the computer a lot if they see me using it a lot. hmm...
They learn to write the letters and numbers and even hold their pencils by watching me do it. This doesn't mean by watching me when I'm teaching them. But rather watching me when I'm writing notes or to-do lists or anytime else. "Mommy, your two looks fancy. How come I can't make my numbers fancy?"
They quickly kneel down for family prayer if I kneel down first.
They are learning how to discipline their children by how I discipline them.
They're watching and waiting. My every move is recorded in their minds. I am Mommy.
Updated note: I need to add that they learn the importance of these things and more by watching. But they do need to be taught many of them initially, and repeatedly for that matter.