Children are not always the best at listening to you – but they are very good at becoming you.
Those turns of phrases, gestures, and throwaway comments. They hear and see them, internalise them, and reuse them.
Do you tut or kick the table leg when the SIMS register doesn’t load? Do you roll your eyes when lunchtime ends one minute later than it should?
There are children who will pick up on this.
Noticing it for one day might not seem much or feel like it matters. But imagine seeing it every day for a whole school year.
If you’re a child – it becomes hard not to copy.
Your small behaviours – including when you do nothing – compounds and has a huge impact.
Every. Single. Day.