It’s no big secret that children start mirroring the behavior of their parents when they are just toddlers.
They pretend to make phone calls, cook meals, fold laundry, cheer for baseball teams, and even clean the house.
They learn from the world around them, and practice makes perfect.
We prepare for the mirroring as they get older. We try our best to use calm voices, worry less about things like traffic and tardiness, and we don’t cry over spilled milk (but maybe over the old sippy cups found under the couch three days later).
We try to be mindful when we are dealing with things like temper tantrums, poor choices, and non-existent listening skills.
We want to show them how to handle times of stress. We want to show them that it’s always better to remain calm, use kind words, and ask for help.
But the mirror is always there…