They say actions speak louder than
Sometimes, I really hope this isn't
I hope its not true as I'm shoveling fistfuls of M&M's
in my mouth as I make a nutritious dinner for my family and tell
them no snacking before dinner.
I hope its not true as I yell, "Would you use your inside
I hope its not true as I sit in front of a Blackhawks game
while I am doing my Second City writing homework, and tell my kids
to take their handwriting upstairs in the dining room.
These things are unfair I know, but there are just some
privileges that are reserved for adulthood, no?
While I know that subscribing to the old mantra of "Do as
I say, not as I do" is not always the best way to parent, I do
wonder if it is sometimes ok. Parents are human too, and it is
important for our kids to know and see that.
It is true that kids look up to us to be their example. In
my short time being a parent, there are behaviors I see my kids
mimic that make me happy. I'm happy that they are learning positive
behaviors like healthy habits, prayers before bed and wanting to be
There are some habits though, that are less than stellar.
They aren't horrible, but they really aren't something I want my
kids to participate in at this stage in their life. For example,
trying to escape this frigid and never ending Chicago winter by
binge watching Veronica Mars on AmazonPrime would not be considered
my finest parenting hour(s) (and hours).
There's worse I could be doing. Right?
Us parents, we are human, and we need to cut ourselves
some slack. We aren't going to be perfect all the time even though
little eyes are watching, and that is when need to let our words do
the teaching too.
Sometimes I hope my words speak louder than my
Erin Skibinski is a mom of three living in Frankfort.
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