When Siblings Lead by Example

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I have 2 boys and one girl.  My daughter is very spoiled by her older brothers, and she has them double wrapped around her little finger!!   She loves every minute of it!  She has learned very early what buttons to push to get them going, and how to act to get them to do what ever she want whenever she wants.  Yes, a little manipulator she is!!


She also looks up to them, and tries to do what they do all the time.  Yes, she burps and let’s everyone know when she has passed gas.  Gross, I know!!  Well most of the time it’s when we’re at the grocery store.  I get strange looks by people walking by, and I just say, “Sorry, she has older brothers.  Say excuse me, honey!”  She plays rough sometimes with her little girl friends, and loves to play with the little boys.   Wrestling is by far her favorite sport, and loves to do push-ups everyday.


I am always reminding my boys to be a good example to their little sister.  While she picks up the not so nice traits, she also picks up the good ones too.  The other day I was watering my flowers, and she came around the corner with her brother’s backpack on.  It looked heavy, and I told her so.  She said, “Mom, it’s not heavy for me, but it’s real heavy for brother.”  I just smiled.  She walked around the side of the porch, and dropped her heavy load.  I kept watering, and noticed she had pulled a book and marker out of her backpack.  I went over to see what she was up to.  She had gotten my son’s bible, and was highlighting page after page.  My first response was to yell, “Stop, don’t write in his bible!”, but I paused, and realized that it wasn’t the end of the world.  She had learned a good trait from my sons leading by their example.


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Although those positive moments sometimes seem few and far between, I cherish the fact that our kids can be a good example for each other.  They can lift each other up, praise each other, encourage each other, and stand up for each other.   We, as parents, must be good examples to our kids, as well.  They are impacted far too often by outside influences that aren’t positive.  We are our kid’s biggest supporters and leaders.  Yes, we fail sometimes, but those are teachable moments too.



“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  Proverbs 22:6



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