This morning, I was thinking about raising children. Admittedly, I know v̶e̶r̶y l̶i̶t̶t̶l̶e̶ nothing about it because I haven’t done it. I do think that when raising children, inspiring speeches carry almost no effect, while leading by consistent example is one of the most potent positive effects you can have on a child’s life.
Obviously, repeatedly telling your child not to lie while telling lies yourself is a problem. I wonder, though, if I will find myself telling my children things like this: “Doing the things you don’t want to so you can enjoy the things you do is a valuable skill no matter where you end up or what you end up doing.” Or will I understand that I am communicating this by example?
In the meantime, we only have George the cat.