An unknown author said, “Your children will become who you are, so be who you want them to be.” I love this statement because it places the responsibility in the proper place; on the parent.
Being a parent is a big responsibility, and a big challenge. It’s easy to get lost in the to-do’s of life and forget about the impact we are making and the example we are setting. Although there are many great influences in the lives of our kids, there are none greater than the parent.
75% of all young people in substance abuse centers are from fatherless homes. 71% of all high school dropouts are from fatherless homes. 90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes. It’s clear that our children need our time, attention, and example. As a parent, we must become who we want them to be. We must be healthy.
Parents, I encourage you to take care of yourselves mentally, emotionally, relationally, and physically. The better you are, the better they are. Remember, your child is following your example, not your advice. We are all growing together. And remember, what you do today is for tomorrow.