30: Parrot (Parrots of the I-wannabe-an)

The following post isn’t meant to ruffle any feathers.  It’s meant to give new flight to bad habits.  Last weekend I had a duel with that foul scurvy dog, Captain Procrastination.  Only this time he wasn’t in the form of a 42-year-old man, he was a 6-year-old boy.  Yes. I admit it.  I tend to procrastinate.  But, I will tell you about that later.  This story is one about the leadership role we play as parents.  This brings me to today’s word in my series 42 Words to a Better You blog……..

30.  Parrots (Parrots of the I-wannabe-an)

With Santa in town for the holidays, we took our son to go and see him.  When we got to the venue, my six-year-old said, “I don’t want to see Santa.  I promise I’ll do it next year.” I asked him a few times if he was sure and he repeated the same words back to me.

Later that day, I asked him to clean up his room.  The response, “I’ll do it later, I promise.”  That night when it came time for tooth brushing time, “I’ll brush my teeth tomorrow.” This was driving me crackers!

A-ha! That’s when it dawned on me.  As in the words of the Harry Chapin song, Cat’s in the Cradle,  “He’d grown up just like me. My boy was just like me.”  My procrastination habit was being imitated.  My son was parroting me.

Children are very perceptive.  Not only do they notice everything, but they are good at mimicking what they see and hear.  They are beginning their journey along the shoreline of life and sometimes they follow the footprints on the sand made by those who have walked the path before them.  But, who made that path? And where will it lead them?

They only person I could squawk about in this case is myself.  I need to take the helm and lead by positive example.  Sometimes we forget that we our leaders for our kids and the impressions that we have upon them.  We need to be more self-aware of the kinds of thoughts, actions, and words that we put in the bottle of life and toss into the ocean, because that bottle will ultimately come back to the shoreline.

What are some other bad habits that you see either your family or friends inadvertently parroting?  Leave your comments below.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and get the latest updates.  Just fill in the form at the right.

Beak out!