There is a saying that, in the eyes of a child, what an adult does becomes right. Let us say for example that your children see you smoking all the time, then there is a very high likelihood that they will develop the same habit when they grow up. Not all children grow up developing the same bad habits that their parents had though, but it still alarming how our habit can greatly influence the life and development of our children. Below are some of the nasty habits that our children can pick up from us.
As mentioned earlier, smoking is a bad habit that our children could pick up. If they see us smoking, they are going to think that it is okay for them to smoke, too, when they grow older.
Parental influence is just one of the many factors why children with parents who smoke grow up to be smokers as well. In fact, there are studies that showed children with smokers for parents have twice the odds of becoming smokers themselves than children with nonsmokers for parents.
If you are smoking, stop. If you cannot quit the bad habit yet, then smoke somewhere where they cannot see you. Also, be sure to always explain to them the dangers of smoking. If you cannot control your habit, at least spare your children from its influences.
Taking drugs, like smoking and drinking, also influences your children. Your children can learn from you that the only way to cope with the problems life gives you is by taking drugs.
If you are taking drugs, seek help immediately. Go to your doctor; get into a rehab program, and attend individual and group counseling sessions. Do the right thing and stop taking drugs. Spare your children from growing up knowing illegal drugs.
According to Suhre Law & Associates, like smoking, children who have alcoholics for parents also have increased risk for indulging in and becoming addicted to alcohol as well. Numerous studies have shown that alcoholism tends to run in families. In fact, children with alcoholic parents are four times more likely to become addicted to alcohol as well and end up an alcoholic like their parents.
If you are drinking, quit the habit. It is difficult to do, especially if you are in too deep, but with the help of a professional, you can get better for your sake and your children’s. Keep your stash of alcohol hidden and under lock and key, and never leave alcohol lying around. Do not give your children easy access to it.
Bad Driving Habits
How can your driving habit influence your children in a negative way like smoking and drinking do? After all, your driving habit is not affecting their health in any way.
Children get use to the way their parents drive. If you drive too fast, curse too often while driving, and even drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, what then are you teaching your children? That if you can get away with it, so can they? Your bad driving habits can influence your children, and they could exercise the same kind of driving when they grow up.
Monkey see; monkey do, they say, but this can be stopped if you take the necessary steps.
Jennifer Dahlke is an online writer for parenting and relationship sites. She writes about tips and advice for parenting teenagers.