The powerful side to all of this is that kids will replicate much of our behaviour. If we treat people badly, they will. If we do not attend to our own issues and health, it’s most likely they will not. If we use substances or alcohol or certain behaviours to soothe ourselves from our pain, it’s common that our children will use the same defensive behaviours later. If we run from commitment or difficulties, it’s likely their patterns will be similar. If we’re contented and happy, they generally will be. If we model destructive behaviour – they will internalise this and replicate it in some way.
Tom Evans is a dad, Counsellor & Psychotherapist in Midleton, Cork, Ireland.
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