Perhaps the most influential tool we have in our parenting kit is our own example. Our children take far more from how they see us living, than from any advice we give them. How we interact, approach tasks, and manage our emotions all provide ‘lessons’ for our children. They notice these things, whether we wish them or not, and build them into their own default settings.
When we parent with the heart in mind, we have to consciously keep kindness front and centre. Warm, connected relationships with our children rely on kind actions, words and even thoughts.