If my kids were to see only my faults and foibles, I could pretty easily wind up raising people who:
- Eat out a ridiculous amount to avoid cooking
- Leave laundry "on deck" in what is affectionately called Mt. Laundy
- Tug on their clothes and frown at their faces in the mirror
- Force their spouses to constantly tell them how wonderful they are due to extreme insecurity
- Get visibly and vocally frustrated with their children for being so.....very......s..l..o..w..
- Watch an inordinate amount of "reality" TV (I'm glad Bob won Survivor)
- Waste money on magazines like "Runner's World" even though they haven't actually run in over a year and a half
- Feel superior to other people intellectually (I'm hoping you've all stopped reading before this one and I can confess without anyone noticing)
- Forget to call friends on their birthdays AND
- Obsessively worry if they are good enough at anything for anyone to like them
Sure, their own personalities and experiences will come into play as they grow and learn. But first and foremost, they will learn it by watching you. For all you children of the '80s out there, I've added the original "I learned it by watching you" PSA below.