Influence

Lately I have been wondering how much of a parent’s actions transcend into our children’s make up of who they are. For instance, if parents are fervent readers, will children grow up with a passion for literature? If a parent enjoys mindless reality television, will their children be infiltrated with the same? If a parent is a champion for the higher education prestigious institutions, will their children covet those distinguished-type schools as well?  If these things the ‘norm’ as children grow, is this ultimately what they unconsciously assume is enjoyed or wanted by them as well?
Try as might to listen to appropriate music  in the car (the #6 song this week is Blow Me by Pink?!),  avoid texting while driving, give them my undivided attention while resisting the urge to check my iPhone, I often times fail miserably. 
Could this be why Kenley immediately puts on her head phones and powers on a movie when she climbs in the car? Electronics are a part of her parents world afterall. 
Or why Britton really could care less about summer reading. She doesn’t see me power on my Kindle at 10:30 pm, reading for a few minutes before I fall asleep myself.
I get that most 6 and 9 year old girls would prefer to spend their summers watching television over reading, sleeping in and laying low.  It’s more rooted than that.  Yes- children are individuals, but I can’t help but think we have a considerably bigger influence on our children with our choices, beliefs and preferences than we may ever realize.
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