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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Role modeling

My friend, Susan, introduced a powerful concept that is good to reflect about and celebrate: Role modeling for our kids. Here are 13 things I model pretty regularly, and hope will brush off on my children.

I could have just as easily described 13 things I royally screw up on, but that's for a different post;)

13 ways I role model for my kids

1. I put my immediate family first.
2. I'm aware of most of my shortcomings.
3. I apologize for them when they rear their ugly heads.
4. I usually use manners with my kids (and usually, but less frequently use them with my husband.)
5. I appreciate and teach about culture.
6. I communicate my belief that education is important.
7. I read about things that interest me, though not as often as I'd like.
8. I work hard.
9. I say "I love you" outloud to my husband and my kids.
10. I like to learn about people from different parts of the world.
11. I go to my kids' extra-curricular events.
12. I'm careful about spending.
13. I periodically reevaluate me life and consider changes I should make to be a better person.

What do you role model for others?

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  • Role modeling is how they learn - way more than just our words! I do all those things with my kids too - or at least, I try! :)

    By Blogger Mandy, At 11:07 PM  

  • Sounds like your a good mom!

    By Blogger MysteriousLady, At 11:10 PM  

  • I try.... Not sure how well I succeed....

    By Anonymous guppyman, At 11:11 PM  

  • Kelly ... you truly inspire me. I love coming to your blog!

    Happy TT!

    By Blogger Knitting Maniac, At 11:20 PM  

  • All wonderful things to do. Some I can honestly say I do easily and some are a chore at times! But all of value. Great list! I posted early. Mine is up. Have a great Thursday!

    By Blogger SunshineBlues, At 11:27 PM  

  • WONDERFUL 13... you sound like an amazing mom!!!

    By Blogger Lindsay, At 11:38 PM  

  • I think that is just a great list of things to role model to your children. Especially the manners.

    By Blogger Nikkie, At 1:04 AM  

  • What a great list. Role modeling is so important!

    My TT is up!

    By Blogger Tracie, At 1:14 AM  

  • It sounds like you are a great role model! Your kids will learn alot by watching you.

    Have a great Thursday!!

    By Blogger 2 cents, At 1:25 AM  

  • that is a great idea to take stock of what we are modeling! you are doing a great job!

    By Blogger Janice (5 Minutes for Mom), At 1:30 AM  

  • Clever list. I have tried...
    Happy TT!

    By Blogger mar, At 2:15 AM  

  • I have mine up at TT - 13 Viruses Thursday

    By Blogger bernie, At 2:41 AM  

  • I always learn something new when I visit your site. It's an educational experience about parenting! Role modeling is definitely something I could improve upon!

    By Anonymous yoshi, At 3:34 AM  

  • I love animals and treat them very good. I hope that makes others do the same!
    My TT is about online book/cd/dvd stores.

    By Blogger Tink, At 4:22 AM  

  • This is an inspiring TT for the week! We could sure learn a lot from what you've been doing :)

    Happy Thursday!

    By Blogger MommyBa, At 4:23 AM  

  • Lets just hope your children pay attention ;)
    Have a great thursday!

    By Blogger Nathalie, At 6:11 AM  

  • I love your list....and I try to do many of those things myself. Sometimes I fall short, and then apologize. Being a Mom is a hard thing to be! =)

    By Anonymous Suzy, At 7:38 AM  

  • I love reading your blog b/c I feel like we are pretty much the same in a lot of things, just by looking at this list. 1-12 is what I try to do daily but #13 is tough. I haven't done that but I do have other to tell me what I need to do better though, thank goodness for hubbie and sisters.

    By Blogger Waya, At 8:04 AM  

  • It's great that you're doing all of that so consciously for them.

    Thanks for visiting me today.

    By Anonymous Jenny Ryan, At 8:12 AM  

  • It's good to stop and consciously think of what we're modeling, because we're always modeling something, good or bad, and if we don't think about it, we're unaware of the bad and missing out on what we could and should be doing. Thanks for the reminder! I think I do 10 of the things you listed, and I also try to spend time in the Word of God every day and have beautiful music playing often in our home.

    By Anonymous Barbara H., At 8:34 AM  

  • Role modeling.. another great post. (My hubby & I just wrote a chapter in a book about it! Would have loved to read this post sooner.)

    Happy Blog Day 2006 (!

    By Blogger Shannon, At 9:06 AM  

  • Children learn by example - and you are truly a wonderful example. :)

    Happy TT!
    I played too.

    By Blogger Trish, At 10:26 AM  

  • Sounds like you're passing on some great traits to your kids!

    By Blogger Heather Smith, At 10:30 AM  

  • great list! definitely a role model. mine's up! ;)

    By Anonymous ribbiticus, At 10:41 AM  

  • wonderful list- I know what you mean about manners & husbands... sometimes I think I do that, too...

    By Anonymous Karen, At 10:47 AM  

  • Great list! I apologize to my kids when I am the one in the wrong.

    My TT is up.

    By Anonymous KarenW, At 11:06 AM  

  • What a sweet list ;).

    By Blogger Mama Duck, At 11:55 AM  

  • You sound like a wonderful parent. This will pay off big dividends in your children's futures!

    By Blogger Cindy, At 11:58 AM  

  • Wonderful ideas!

    By Blogger cass, At 12:16 PM  

  • NICE! I do lots of those things, too. I think my kids teach me as much as I teach them.

    By Anonymous Nancy, At 12:39 PM  

  • I love the theme you chose for this week's list, and I agree that so many of these things are important to remember when role modeling for kids or just to the world in general.

    By Anonymous Christina, At 1:05 PM  

  • Great list. I try to practice most of them as well. You sound like a great mom!

    By Blogger Denise, At 1:10 PM  

  • I love your list! They make a great Mom, and produce great children!

    My Thursday 13 is up.

    By Blogger Barbara, At 1:24 PM  

  • Very nice list. I'll bet you are a great Mom!
    All parents should strive to be good role models.
    As Uncle Walter used to say "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree."

    By Anonymous Wolfbernz, At 6:27 PM  

  • GREAT tt!!!
    really loved it!

    didn't put up a TT today cuz i was a bit lazy hihi. but i had to see yours :)

    By Blogger Lilize, At 11:21 PM  

  • Wonderful list. My kids see me reading and they insist on copying me by grabbing a book of their own.

    By Anonymous Cheryl, At 10:30 PM  

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