A Solid Moral Base..

~ Posted on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 4:00 PM ~

I am continuing on with my reading on the "Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World" book from Zig Ziglar (I love love love this book!) and I would like to share this part (in red font) where Ziglar mentioned the following:

"A solid foundation for children involves a solid moral base. Parents who teach their children honesty but fail to practise it themselves create real problems. For example, suppose parents repeatedly tell their children to be truthful, but when the telephone rings, they call out to the child who's answering it, "Tell them I'm not home." The message to the child is clear. If children are taught to lie for parents, they are taught to lie to parents."

Think about it. Of course Ben is not at the age of answering calls or even talking properly yet, but what I'm trying to get the message across is, to raise a child with solid moral base, we as parents have to walk the talk first.

"As another example, suppose parents lecture their children on the importance of obeying the law, yet install a radar detector in the car to evade being stopped for speeding. The message again is clear. It you're going to break the law, don't get caught. Be smart like your dad or mom."

Are you starting to worry about what your child is learning from you? Whether consciously or subconsciously?

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For me, everytime I'm deciding on something, I think "How am I going to answer to God if I decide this or that?" and then I think of "How will it affect my loved ones around?" and whether I could sleep through the night if I take this or that decision.

Think about it.. I will continue sharing the excerpts from the book if I happened to come across any that I find worth sharing with you guys. Have a nice day!

Comments (7) -

Miki Chua

yes i'm worrying about this too.. i'm too impatience and hot tempered. i worry my son will learn from me.. :S *miki control control control*

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Miki!

I also have temper issues la... but only when I'm hungry or being interrupted while rushing to clear up my tasks. I'm trying to control my temper as I do understand my son is watching my every move! Let's control together, breathe in, breathe out... foooh...fooh....

Catheryn  @ Pink Bibs

This is no doubt a worry to us, and most probably most of the parents out there.. to practise what we preach and to teach our kids the right things and most importantly, do the right things ourselves.  I am trying my 200% best not to loose my cool and be patient... so that I don't raise a fast tempered and impatient little monster. Smile

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Come on Catheryn!

Join Miki and I! Let's control together, breathe in, breathe out... foooh...fooh....


two words: great post!

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Aurie!
Glad you enjoyed this post! Have a nice day! Smile


Great reminders that even our littlest actions can affect our children.

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