“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
I came across this quote in a daily email and it really struck a cord with me, one because I agree, possibly almost live by this statement, and two because what happens when you train a child in something they need to depart from and cannot. I feel that when you have children or care for children whom come into your life via stepmotherhood, you are really raising slightly different versions of yourself because they will develop your habits, your language, and inherit some of your flaws. 🙂 We all pass along something. In our family there is a really bad habit of invading other peoples space when your not welcomed or invited to. For example our 10 year old, son will just pick up our 4 year old, daughter most of the time she will be screaming for him to leave her alone but sometimes she will go into wrestler mode then they will both be just having it out on the floor. He was really raised rather roughly by Dad. Its hard for me to help my 10 year old understand this is not okay because this is what Dad still does with him till this day. A sort of domino effect is unfolding before my eyes: Dad was rough with him, now he is rough with the younger ones. I need to turn this around now! Any good ideas about reinforcing personal space and changing habits will be greatly appreciated. What bad habits, good habits, or language/slang have you passed along? How do you try to change or alter the bad habits into good ones?
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