This is the foundation for our beliefs as parents. Not that we’re experts. Or that we’re doing it well.
For example, the title of this post was a sentence I yelled to Simeon today. Yeah… lead by example, right?
After smearing glue over the beginnings of a gift I’m making for a young lady at our church, Simeon laughed mockingly when I dropped a big bowl of buttons on the hardwood floor.
I nearly lost my cheese and crackers. Not because he made a mess of my craft. Or that he seemed completely un-remorseful. But that he laughed at me cruelly when I made a mistake.
The point is. I believe strongly that no matter what he chooses for himself, if he learns anything from me, it should be kindness.
I’m daily working to model that. Not just in the world, but in our home.
God, help me be a daily example of kindness and compassion and mercy. In the world. And in my home.
This reminds me that raising a child is quite possibly the most daunting responsibility a person can take on.