Have you ever heard the expression that children are like sponges? Well, research wise this is a very true statement, children from the ages of 0-3 are learning at such a fast fire neurological rate and they are picking up everything in their environments. We will never learn as quickly as we did when we were a small child. All that being said, the best thing we can do for our children is be a good role model. They are constantly watching us, observing us, listening to us all the while picking up everything like a saturated sponge. They are learning language, they are learning tones and expressions from our facial movements, they are learning how to react, how to play, what feelings are---everything!
No one is perfect and we all make mistakes. But the best was to have an awesome kid, is to be an awesome person. Especially when they are really young, you won't even have to work hard at getting them to do the same--they'll be copying you. Remember that they are soaking up everything down to your own morals and values. This is where parenting can be exhausting because you are always on the stage. We all want our children to be a little better versions of ourselves, we would like to take our own flaws and make them disappear so they can't see them. But believe me, they learn good things from watching you deal with adversity as well. As long as you understand that you are your child's basic building block and foundation--you'll be smart enough to do the right things, and when you don't and they are old enough to understand--communicate with them what you could have done better! They will listen. Young children naturally want to please, so take advantage of that fact in their early years and develop a strong bond that will last a lifetime. Children automatically live by the golden rule and they will treat others the way you do.