Parenting: Monkey See, Monkey Do

Yesterday's radio segment on the Simi Sara Show (CKNW AM980) was sparked by those young racers in luxury cars tearing up Hwy 99 in Surrey the other night.

We were trying to figure out what those parents did wrong to raise such spoiled dangerous self-entitled young people.  Of course they probably gave them everything they wanted with little or no consequences.

It's very hard to raise children who become self-disciplined adults if they aren't disciplined when they are young.  But, it goes even deeper than that, it goes right to the parents' habits.  If they are self-indulgent, irresponsible and self-centered they are being watched by their children who will more than likely grow up and repeat the pattern.

Look at your own habits.  Are you disciplined, hard working, polite to others, considerate, safety conscious, etc.?  Your children are watching you more than they're listening to you so make sure you're setting a good example for them to follow.  They'll be doing as you do, not doing as you say ... for sure!

Lisa Bunnage, Parenting Coach

Funny Flashback:  Simi interviewed me on my first TV appearance a few years ago.  I told the cameraman to only film me from the waist up as I was so nervous I was afraid of soiling myself (ha ha).  I was just kidding about the soiling but certainly was nervous.  When I agreed to do it I didn't realize it was going to be live ... that's what threw me right over the edge.  

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