This saying reminds me of the children's book Caps For Sale! It is the story of a hat salesman who takes a nap under a tree one afternoon and wakes to find all of his Caps are missing. "Tsst-Tsst" he hears from above, and as he looks up, he sees, in the hand of several monkeys, his precious Caps. As he yells and stomps... but the only response he receives from the Monkeys is the mimicking of his own actions. It is not until he realizes that the monkeys are mimicking him that he takes the lone cap from his head and throws it to the ground... then fall all the hats from the grasps of the monkeys in the tree.
Our children are like the monkeys in that tree...they watch and mimick our actions and our attitudes. They are not ALWAYS trying our patience or rebelling against our authority...sometimes they are simply doing what they have been taught to do. They hold to the attitudes they see portrayed in our lives...they speak the language we speak.
Proverbs 22:6 says:
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
What way are training your children to go? What path are you leading them down? What are your children hearing and learning by your example? I know that I am not a perfect Mom...I often let my flesh win the battle. I bicker and am at times quarrelsome. I loose sight of my Heavenly Father and his will for me as a mother, role model and trainer of my children, BUT I am striving to carve out a path of righteouseness for my children.