As a parent of 5 young sons I think a lot about the example I am setting for my children.
Although I spend a lot of time teaching and training them I know that my example will be their greatest teacher.
A student of mine, Mohamed, shared an incredible experienced he had with his son that I think shows the power of our examples as parents.
Mohamed told me that he was having a hard time getting his son to do his math assignments for school.
This was important to Mohamed since he himself had a masters degree in math. But the harder he pushed the more his son resisted.
His son claimed, “You don’t understand because math is something that comes easily to you”.
Not too long after, Mohamed joined my course.
Speaking English clearly with an American accent was not something that came easily to him and his son knew it. His son watched him consistently study and practice and work at it.
Mohamed went to his son for help and feedback because, being raised in the US, his son already had a native accent. It came easily to him.
Mohamed noticed that during this time his son started taking his math assignments more seriously.
He started going to his dad for help when he got stuck.
Mohamed knew that through his example he was able to teach his son a valuable lesson. Something words alone couldn’t accomplish.