As parents, we often find ourselves looking for heroes that our children can look up to. We fight tooth and nail when we see bad influences enter our children’s lives, and we jump for joy when we see a powerful and inspirational person step in to touch our children with motivation.
With all of the searching that we do for the best influence that we can find for our children, we still seem to miss the mark. Maybe we should take the time to realize that the BEST influence that we could ever find for our children was never really that far away.
“I’m looking at the man in the mirror” – Michael Jackson
When you think of a hero, you think of that one person who cares about the people they serve, they love their job, and they protect those who are in need of being protected. If you think about it, there is no other person who could possibly serve in this capacity other than you.
You are the best influence, inspiration, and protector of your children—whether you get thanked for this job or not. Your children show you their need for you when they are very young. They ask you for things they want and need, they expect you to protect them, they feel your love—and in return—they give love back, and they tell everyone that they love you every time they draw a picture of you alongside them.
We see the signs of love from our children, but we fail to see just how much of an influence we truly are. Sometimes, we may even take our role in their lives for granted.
The lady with a thousand shoes
Recently, there was a story circulated throughout the media of a mother who decided to purchase all of the shoes left in a closed Payless shoe store. She is the mother of three young children, yet she decided to purchase all of the shoes so that she could provide needy children in her area with shoes for school.
Her children worked with her to distribute the shoes and they looked beyond happy in the photos shared through the media. The mother may not have realized this, but she instantly became an example of what a human being with compassion looks like. Her children will no doubt follow in her footsteps by providing others with support, love, and attention. They look upon their mother as a modern-day hero because she gave something to others that were in need of help. There is no Avenger that can top that!
Bad, and don’t know it
Just as there are parents in the news who are doing wonderful things—as well as serving as their kid’s best example—you also have those parents who are the complete opposite. The media is filled with parents who lose all control in public places, show their level of impatience with others, have temper tantrums, and a list of other behaviors that anyone with common sense would frown upon.
The worst part is that they behave in such a manner around their own children. Imagine how their kids feel when they see their parents acting out in public. When children see this behavior from their parents, the likelihood of their repeating these actions become greater.
Unfortunately, these parents fail to see that their behavior serves as an example of what not to do…but, their children don’t know that this is wrong. They only know that their parents are condoning it, so it must be right.
Being the best example for your children is imperative because it is the only way to ensure the upliftment of humanity, as a whole. To truly change the world, it must begin with a change from within. Take a look at your own behavior and decide for yourself if it is the best example that you would want your children to emulate. If not, it’s time to do some soul searching. Only then can we all see a better tomorrow.