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In my last post I mention how Ryan might have gotten his shopping behaviors from his mom and said that we would talk about it more in the next post. Well here we are: Like mother like child!
Back in March, sadly Ryan’s great grandmother passed away. This led us to sharing a hotel room with Ryan’s mom and of course spending the weekend with her. We have spent quite a bit of time together before this point but for some reason on this trip this all clicked for me….
Ryan brings flip flops with him when we travel so that he can wear them in the hotel room. You never know what is on the floor! Where I am all about going barefoot any where I can. Well what does his mom do? Put on flip flops before she walks around in the room. “Oh”, it dawned on me this was something that was passed down from mom to Ryan.
Later at dinner Ryan and mom both order water with no ice. It gives them a headache. Again this has happened many of times when we have been out, but I was just noticing it this trip. I kind of giggled to myself thinking how much his mom’s actions have influenced his actions and at that point I did not think much further into it.
Then a few days ago I was out working in the garden/yard and was thinking (I mean what else are you to do). I don’t really remember quite how my thoughts came around to this, but I was thinking back to that weekend and how several of their actions were the same. This then made me think about how much of an impact parents have on their children. My next thoughts were I wonder what our future kids will pick up from us. I then had a slight panic in thinking, “Oh gee, I better get all my habits lined out and make sure they are positive ones before we have kids!”
That day it came to my attention that the things that I do now and make habits of will later turn into things that my children see me do day in and day out. They then will likely start to pick up some of those same habits. Are my habits and actions those that I want my children to do? What a question to keep me in check! Like mother, like child!
What is a habit you would/would not want your kids to pick up from you?