Setting a Positive Role Model for Your Kids
Do your kids ever receive mixed messages from you? As with all cases, consistent and persistent messages from you, followed by consistent and persistent behavior from you, is one of the strongest and most dynamic methods by which you can convince your kids to avoid the life of the Use of Illicit Substances (UIS).
For example, do you daily preach the evils of UIS and then occasionally come home from a party in an inebriated state? Do you sternly lecture your kids about the dangers of UIS and then fill the air of your basementÃÂs back room under the stairs with cigarette smoke? Do you strike fear in your kids about the perils of UIS and then rent a movie that glorifies drug use (there are certainly plenty of movies out there for this purpose!)?
You are an adult and you can make adult choices. Therefore, I have not utilzied this passage from my book to pass along my views on how a parent should go about their personal business. However, I will tell you this: Your spoken words to your kids are very important. They will internalize your words, as well as their intent, and they will make life decisions based upon the direction that you give to them. However, your actions speak much more loudly and with more clarity than your words ever will! While your words are important, over time your kids will respond and shape their lives in accordance with your actions more than with your words. In simple terms, if you want your kids to avoid the dead-end road of ÃÂUse of Illegal SubstancesÃÂ, your actions will need to be consistent with your words 100% of the time with no exceptions! Nobody ever said that parenting would be easy!
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Updated Nov 10, 2008