This is the reason why it is said that we should be on our best behaviour in front of little ones. They are at an impressionable age where they are incapable of reasoning or applying logic and just follow what they observe.
If an adult smokes in front of a child, the child will copy the same actions and inhale from an imaginary cigarette and blow imaginary puffs.
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So if the parents are having God fear, the children also get it. If the father drinks alcohol the son will also try to do that. If the mother is with nighty during daytime also her daughter will also follow her. So The elder people will have to behave properly and see that their wards also will get good habits. Otherwise, they will get spoiled.
The manners and behaviour is to be proper when small children are with us as they will learn from you by observing what you are doing
So they try to imitate whatever the elders and other adults do -in look, dress and even styles.
Apart from this, infants and some small children feel some security with the parents and they see or visualise the parents in the things used by parents. For example a small child may keep the saree of its mother for seeping,or will get good sleep in a new place only if the mother's saree is draped over it. In the absence of its father, his shoe or bag gives it the proximity and feeling of being cared by father.
Yes, It is very important that parents must behave good and never follow bad behavior in front of child so it does not affect children.
I had listened one story, there was a butcher who used to cut the neck of goats in his shop. but one day he performed his activity in front of his children. The next day, one of his children, who is elder performed that activity to his brother. I mean he cut the throat of his brother with sharp knife.
These made their parents very sad. So never perform the things which makes you to fell into tragedy while your children watching you or imitating you...
"Life's Beauty is Inseparable from its Fragility ".
Whatever toys or material you provide to a child they become old and 'a thing of the past' in no time. It is the peculiar behavior of children.
They will always be in search of new things. That is the reason they try all the odd things available to them.
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More fitting reason for such kind of fascination for our parents' possessions is psychological. Oedipus Complex, which means unconscious desire for the parent of the opposite sex, is relevant here. Most of the times, while using our parents' possessions, we just want to look better, than they look and then want to show ourselves to the parent of the opposite sex and try to win admiration.
This behavior is very common among children.
Children require attention and admiration and they are even right to do so.
One more reason can be that using one's parents' possessions give a sense of proximity, closeness. I lost my father three months back, and I still wear his shoes. .
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Often, children are not interested in what they have in hand, they are more interested in what they don't have. Along with this, children love to imitate the father's mannerisms, the mother's pep talk. They grow up idolizing the parents. Hence they do tend to try what the parents use.
Some parenting tips include, never to take a tablet or drink alcohol with your children watching you, they are good imitators, they'll just copy what you do.