Do As I Say, Not As I Do
John Penney gives us the jewel a couple of paragraphs down: “hypocrisy is a crucial part of parenting.”
It’s true. And it’s because we somehow know better – whether it’s that you shouldn’t let your kid spend his money on a piece of crap toy because you know it’ll break, or maybe that exercise is important because like Penney, you grew up overweight and don’t want your kids to undergo teasing.
Whatever the reason – Penney and I are on the same wavelength. You should always be an example for your kids…and sometimes, that means verbally steering your kids away from things that they see you doing.
And of course, the second step, as Penney had to let his wife tell him, is evaluating whether you too should be doing them.
Sauce: Norwich Bulletin