Teaching our children what we want them to learn
Rosilee Trotta, MSW, LCSW
Urban Youth & Family Specialist
Being our child’s first and most important teacher is an awesome responsibility. As parents, we need to keep in mind that every interaction with our child is a potential learning experience. The question we must ask ourselves is: Are we teaching what we want our child to learn?
• Do we use language that shows respect for our child and others?
• Do we set a good example by doing our best, no matter the situation?
• Do we make excuses or blame others when things go wrong?
• Do we teach good problem-solving skills by working through a difficult situation and ending with the most positive solution?
• Are we angry much of the time?
Our children watch us closely. They learn from everything we do . . . or don’t do. Are we teaching them what we really want them to learn?