(Proverbs 22:6 KJV) Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
If you have been around people who work with children you may have heard the statement, “The nut doesn’t fall far from the tree.” I believe in free will so I know there are exceptions but if I really want to know what kind of parenting is going on I don’t listen to the parents but watch the children. I have been in countless parent/teacher meetings watching the tears role down the cheeks and the looks of concern, but in most cases I know we would not be having the meeting if the crocodile had not showed them how to cry. Most people are too busy to “train” (2596) their children. It shows.
My wife has become like her mother. She accuses me of being like my father. We have two children. It is a scary thought. I hope and pray that my training has included a consistent life and not just a bunch of words.
So? If your children are young examine the example you are setting and ask where that will lead them. If they are older you don’t have the influence but they will still see a change in your life and it could make a difference.