I knew that I really had to be a better person once my kid was born. I had to find a way to show her the best person I could be at all times so that she would have a good role model to look up to. It's difficult though. There are times when I don't know how to maintain a smiling, patient face in front of her.
I honestly thought that because she is still so small, I could get away with not showing a happy face all the time. Then one day, my husband and I were in a fight and immediately, she reacted to it. I was so surprised. She wasn't old enough to understand what we were saying! It was then I learned that my moods and my tone have an effect on her.
Now I try to always be in a good mood around her. It's not always easy but I've also found that there are things that help. One of those things is playing with her. She is so happy when we start rolling her ball around or start hitting a box to make noise. Another of those things is singing to her. Her face lights up when I start singing a few different nursery rhymes from Ghotu Motu Ki Toli. She watches me so carefully and knowing that keeps me motivated to be a happy person around her.
Children pick up on everything whether we know it or not. It is important for us to project exactly what we want them to take in as their own. Leading by example is extremely important when it comes to raising a child. We will always be the biggest influence our children have.