Take the time to be the example for your children. Your clothes, your attitude and your what you eat. They are watching you even from an early age. I know we try our best, but eating habits, attitudes, language, anger, sarcasm and love are en-grained and are hard to undo.
I have found that being open with my teenage children about my mistakes as helped them realize my errors in raising them. Asking forgiveness may help them in the future when raising their own children.
Helping them through their drug addictions, eating disorders, depression and anxiety has really opened my eyes the my disbelief of these in my life; Drug and alcohol addiction, sexual misconduct, immorality and abortion. Asking forgiveness not only within myself but to and from others has not been an easy process..... but more on that next time
Roman 12:1-2 Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.
2 Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you,[a] but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes. The Passion Translation