We are always teaching our children. I have been convicted of this lately, that everything I do is a life lesson for my kids. Sometimes I wish I could turn off the learning mechanism or hit rewind because some of the things my kids are learning from me are negative.
I am sure my kids won't remember all of the things they are learning in our schoolwork. However, I am also equally sure they won't forget when I teach them poor behavior. When I throw the tenth pair of shoes that I've picked up toward the shoe mat rather than carry them back into place. When I am rude to the telemarketer who has woken up the baby from his nap. When I say something negative about another person and my kids are listening....and learning.
Is this what I want my children to learn, no, no, no...ugh!!
I am praying and begging God to help me "grow up", to put childish ways away. Please God make me the wife, mother and person you want me to be.
Thankfully, I am getting an opportunity to teach my kids repentance, forgiveness, grace and humility. I am quick to apologize to my children and tell them when I have handled things poorly. I ask them what do you think the right thing to do would have been? Life lessons.....I think these are the ones that will be remembered.