So I have a son now.
I know – it’s incredible. There are no words.
Life is very different. And it’s causing me to think a lot about my habits.
Today, I had a TV show on in the background while I was feeding and burping my little teddy bear. When we were done with snuggly second breakfast time, I noticed that his eyes kept travelling to the computer screen. And as much as I love Jane The Virgin, I don’t want my infant son to be watching television. And I definitely don’t want my teenaged son to watch as much TV as I’ve been watching lately.
There are so many bad habits I don’t want Teddy to learn from me: eating junk food, getting stressed, binge-watching TV shows mindlessly.
And there are so many GOOD habits I want him to learn from me! Exercise. Healthy eating. Mindful living.
Is it problematic if the only reason I get motivated to work on a habit is to
be a good role model for Teddy? I don’t think so. I think that any impetus to get motivated is a good one.
I’m the same person I was before Teddy came home. The difference is that now I want to be better. For him. Which I imagine is what every parent wants.
I heard this said recently: “Your kids will never listen to what you say, but they can’t help but imitate who you are.” I am definitely convinced that this is true.