We all have something or in my case a few something’s that we do in front of our children (and if you don’t-well whoop-dee-doo). At one point in time I was so headstrong about making sure I kept all of my bad habits in check so that my children wouldn’t pick up on them. But while I put the obvious bad things in check there were a few that I let slide in unknowingly.
1. Screen Time: Whether its television, cell phone/iPad games I spend way too much time doing it. So much so that my children are now starting to do the same thing. My ten year old does havea phone so that she can keep in contact with her dad. But my two year old often refers to the iPad as hers and because extremely upset if anyone touches it. We have started limiting screen time to three hours a day so that the kids know there is more to life than sitting in front of an electronic device.
2. Adult temper-tantrums: yes they exist. maybe not in the form of the one’s my toddler does every night before bed, but they do happen. Parenting is hard, but at the same time I chose to have children; I won’t deny there are times when my frustration level is high, and I may be a little testy. But it doesn’t make it okay for me to get upset at my children (or anyone for that matter). What I do want my kids to get out of this is that at some point we all get upset and say things that we don’t mean. How you handle it afterwards is what’s most important.
3. Eating Habits: I do my best to make sure I am always eating right. But truth be told I don’t always stick to it day in and out. I did this vegan thing for a while and was a vegetarian for a few years, however now I find it hard just to eat my veggies and my kids can often catch me with a soda in my hand. This is not a habit I want them to start. We all know that eating healthy is important for a variety of reasons. This is one habit that bites in the tail every time I try and change it. Baby steps…
Are there any bad habits that you are trying to kick?