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Friday, January 5, 2018

Children Learn What They Live

If words have power, example has massively potent energy. 

I had my grandchildren over for the holidays and as we ate breakfast, I observed the children taking pancakes, putting butter and syrup on them and eating heartily.  I am a diet-controlled diabetic.  I always put only fresh fruit on my pancakes.  As we were eating, the kids asked why I did not use syrup.  I explained that while syrup tastes good, it has a high sugar content and empty calories. 
The next time we had pancakes at my house, one of my grandchildren quietly ate her pancakes with only fresh fruit.  It was never discussed, it was simply observation and respectful imitation. 

"One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world."  Malala Yousafzai, who at 17 won the Nobel Peace Prize for her movement to ensure girls all over the world have a right to an education

"You are powerful when you are positive, and you are even more powerful when you share your positivity with others." Jon Gordon, author and inspirational speaker

"Today choose forgiveness over self-pity.  Choose vulnerability over putting up walls.  Choose joy over fear."  Guidepost reader Alina Paliy of Agawam, Massachusetts

You are the greatest example to the children in your life. How can we teach our children not to smoke, drink, use drugs, have angry outbursts, be intolerant of others, bully others, criticize, complain, judge and gossip about others, be irresponsible, be unkind, or other undesirable traits if we model them ourselves? 

We have the opportunity to help children to learn what they live by our own example. Be the kind of person we want our children to become.  We are all teachers! 

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