As a child, do you remember your parents using the phrase “Do as I say, not as I do”? as a way of letting you know there were certain things adults could do but you couldn’t. In theory, this makes sense. Children don’t possess the physical or mental capacity to properly manage adult situations……I get it.
It wasn’t until I became a father myself that I noticed how completely flawed this way of thinking could be. In reality, it’s the complete opposite. Studies show that the most prevalent form of communication that takes place is non-verbal. So, what does this signify for parents? It’s simple. It’s essential that we are exhibiting the type of behavior we would like our children to display because merely instructing them to do something won’t cut it.
This is what makes our development as individuals so vital. Often times, when we find ourselves upset with our children’s behavior it may be necessary to take a step back and pay close attention to how we conduct ourselves as adults. You never know, it may be time to allow your actions to do all the talking.