Parents help shape the world’s future by the way they shape their children’s values. Children learn values, morals and priorities by observing how their parents act and react every day. Consider the effects that abuse, alcoholism, selfishness, and/or greed has on a child. Once children are exposed to these negative traits, it becomes a challenge to get through to them and redirect their course. What you do and teach your children can profoundly affect them and last a lifetime.
If you sit in a room full of children and observe, you will be amazed by what they say and the behaviors displayed. We initially think it’s funny when we see children repeat something they’ve heard in their immediate environment, but when you acknowledge the behavior they emulate isn’t so cute anymore, the damage has already been done. It’s our job as parents to be the positive influence they need, so they in turn, can pass down to their children the values we’ve instilled.