Written By: Tayler Cathrine

“Do what I say, not what I do!”  

“That’s my mini-me!”  

“They’re a little copycat!” 

These are sayings we have either said to our kids, heard from our parents, or heard from someone else. My question is, is it wrong for our children to be our little mini-mes or copycats? We are meant to be our children’s example. We are called to raise them in the way they should go. 

Let’s break this down scripturally. John 13, Jesus gives us an example of how we should treat one another by washing one another’s feet. He was not better than them by being their teacher or even master or Lord, but instead: 

“… I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, Truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.” (John 13:15-16_

Sometimes as parents, I feel there are times we hold double standards. I can do this, but you can’tDon’t have road rage or text and drive, even if I sometimes do. Don’t talk about people or gossip, even when you see me gossip or say awful things about another person or yell at them while driving. 

I don’t know what your vice is, but we are called to be like Christ. He left us an example, and we are to lead our kids by following that example. Let’s evaluate what our kids are copying and see if we need to make adjustments. I have been molded and grown more because of my kids. I want to be a Christ-like example they can copy. What they see is what influences them. So let’s live a life glorifying God, so we can be confident that our mini-mes are doing the same. It starts with us and our relationship with the Lord.

Written By: Tayler Cathrine