In our parent meetings (both “Not All Kids Do Drugs” and “A Mother’s Checklist of Drug Prevention”) we talk about how our kids mimic our behavior when it comes to drugs and alcohol; but the truth is that they mimic our behavior with everything in life. As we are all trying to adjust to getting back to school, many of us are juggling work, home, family, personal goals, exercise…. Eeeeekkkkk!!! how do we fit it all in? Well, I’m no different – I’m trying to make sure I attend the PTO meeting, the spring benefit planning meeting, and back to school night all while I kick off the 14th year of our lecture series, try to finish my Ph.D, add several pages to our website, develop all our new webinars all while putting the finishing touches on our first handbook! On top of all that I’m running to gymnastics and tap lessons and celebrating family birthdays. Then, just when it seemed it couldn’t get any busier, my daughter got spider bites all over her arms and experienced an allergic reaction. Yep, I’m busy.
In between all of that, my principal stood up to welcome everyone to the first PTO meeting and reminded us to please walk our children in the cross walks through the parking lot at school. I sunk in my chair, expecting a big spot light to hit me as he said, “Let’s teach our children the correct way to walk through the parking lot and be safe.” This poor man is terrified every morning that someone is going to be hit by a car.
Here I am trying so hard to model healthy eating and living, moderate caffeine use, no road rage, healthy body image and kind, un-colorful language. With all that, there I am cutting through the parking lot when we’re in a hurry. Leading by example, that’s me! I’m leading my child right through the parking lot as she yells at me, “Safety violation, MOM!”
I work so hard to teach other parents how to be careful about their children mimicking their own behavior. Today was the day for me to look in the mirror and add one more thing to my checklist of prevention. Thanks for the gentle reminder, Mr. Principal.