Kids are Watching!

Little girl looking at her mother

Alert!  Attention! Calling all parents and adults.  Yes, YOU!   I’m talking to you.  Kids are watching.  They are watching everything you do and everything you say.  Some of the most important lessons kids learn about kindness are observed.  But, will they pick up caring behaviors simply from watching?  Yes, they will model our behavior, but they will emulate much more, if we can intentionally discuss and encourage positive interactions. It’s our duty and responsibility as parents to point out the positive interactions that we observe and to be mindful that kids might be watching every move we make, so we had better behave!

Janet Smith

Janet Smith

Janet Smith is a Human Science Specialist-Family LIfe with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She currently provides family life programming in eight counties in southeast Iowa. Janet is a "parenting survivor". She is the mother of Jared-21, Hannah-20, and Cole-15. She and her husband, David have faced many challenges together, including their son Jared's Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy diagnosis.

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  1. It’s a common theme that many children step into their parents shoes, therefore, it is very important that parents set a good example for their children to follow. I recently read an article here – https://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/scienceofparenting/2016/07/18/how-about-a-pizza-garden/ which stated that many children spend up to 44 hours a week in front of a computer or TV screen, that I suspect is either a trend copied from their parents or a lack of discipline. I believe if parents participate in useful and beneficial activities then their children are more likely to follow suit.

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