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The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

LIKE PARENT, LIKE CHILD

I went with a group of friends to see a movie yesterday, something that I have not done in a very long time. I hadn’t been in the theater 10 minutes when I realized that it is definitely something I need to start doing more often. As I was watching the amazing commercials and previews for upcoming movies, a commercial by Minute Maid caught my attention, and it stands out more clearly in my mind than anything else that I heard or saw that afternoon. It simply said this: “No matter what you do, your children just want to be like YOU!” That is so true… and, it edifies the gravity of our actions when we are around our children, no matter whether we are behind the walls of our private homes or out in the wide open world. Sometimes we feel that we must put our best foot forward when we are out among other folks; but, trust me, our children observe us 24/7… and – for better, or for worse – they want to be like their adult parents. After all, we are the ones whom they love and trust the most!

This brought to my mind a saying that I have heard for most of my adult life: “The apple does not fall far from the tree.” This idiom boils down to mean that children become like their parents. You know, “like father, like son.” This resemblance transcends the DNA that determines one’s looks (which we have no control over), but it also presents itself in the form of behavior (which we have TOTAL control over). And, why do you think this is so? Well, who else do you think they are going to act like? After all, WE ARE THEIR ROLE MODELS! And, this, my friends, is a VERY serious job!

As we seek to rear children who will be a blessing to us – and to this world – we as parents (or other adults who have significant responsibility for children) must model the behavior that we wish for them to emulate. That reminds me of another idiom: “You reap what you sew.” Be sure that you sew the seeds of kindness and respect.