Talk is cheap

May 19, 2015

walk-the-talkTalk is cheap.

What really counts is what we do, right?  It’s true on the job, in families–anywhere.  And yet, it’s hard.

I once worked for someone who had a fancy list of “values” done up for the company. He was, of course, the person who least personified any of them.  I was reminded of him the other night when a friend talked about the values set at her own company and how they didn’t at all match the behaviors that were expected.  (Don’t you cringe when “honesty” is a corporate value? or when religious leaders are caught doing something dishonest? or when beloved institutions like law enforcement show authenticity cracks?)

My guess is that parents get it, this need to walk the talk. Because there’s nothing like a child to point out inconsistencies between behavior and teaching.

I an interested in what you have to say about this.

So today, I am discussing walking the talk over at Boomeon, HERE.  I’d love for you to comment over there, but it requires a sign-up. If that’s not something you can do, I hope you will consider sharing that post on any of your social media ‘hoods. Inquiring minds want to know!


6 comments on “Talk is cheap
  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    Actions speak louder than words. I absolutely believe that.

  2. paula schuck says:

    Yes I get this for sure. My kids respond better when they seem me doing as I say. They catch their dad saying no gadgets at the table but then he uses one at the table occasionally. I find that maddening. Do what you say and model it properly for all.

  3. Being a role model and “walking the talk” to our children is so important thanks for allowing us to reflect on this topic.

  4. Doree Weller says:

    Kids see everything, even when you don’t think they’re paying attention.

  5. Liz Mays says:

    I think very few people walk the talk at all times. There are probably some people who are very self-disciplined and constantly work on themselves though. Perhaps some monks?

  6. I hate double standards–wherever they may be. Every day, news articles point them out, to everyone’s horror.

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