The more that I witness the blank canvas that is Zoe becoming etched and scribbled with days, weeks, months and years of our time together, the more that I believe in the power of leading by example.
When Little Miss Zoe says â€œPeash, can I have 2 crackers, Peash,â€ I think to myself, wow, sheâ€™s exercising good mannersâ€¦ I taught her that! And when she smiles and mumbles â€œDank Youâ€ just before she stuffs a heaping spoonful of applesauce into her birdy little mouth, well, you can best believe that Iâ€™m pleased as punch. When she whips out the comb, brush and headbands to style Daddyâ€™s hair or attempts to breastfeed and change her baby doll, I think, thatâ€™s definitely my girl. And when I see her wrinkle her brow, wag her finger and sternly exclaim â€œNo, No No, Jadaâ€ to reprimand Baby Jada for simply crawling about, wellâ€¦I stop and I take pause…
But when she hastily squeezes between Daddy and me and boldly exclaims, â€œMOVE MamaDadaâ€¦MOVE,â€ I think to myself, â€œDamn…I’ve got some more changing to do!”
Are you leading by example? Are you treating your children the way that you want them to treat you and others?
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