Many people smarter than I state that a child’s complete personality and morality are developed in the first 18 to 24 months of their life. We as parents establish how the child interacts with others and responds to emotions.
Most importantly, we teach them how to react when they fall down. (Obviously I’m talking a little slip or the daily face-plant, not something super-serious;) Our reactions teach them to either sit there and sob until someone picks them up, or shake it off and continue on.
Think of how that one seemingly simple lesson will reverberate throughout the course of their entire life.
Stop and think before you act in front of your child. Their little mental tape-recorders are running all the time. BE the person that you would like to see them become.
Those little buggers are always watching, and they’re way smarter than we think!:)