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IV 2. How can parents be good role models for their children?

Do not set bad examples for these children to follow. If you are truthful, just be calm under provocation and full of love in all your dealings with others; these children too will grow up in sathya (truth), dharma (righteousness), shaanthi (peace) and prema (love). If you tell your son, when you are actually at home, to speak through the telephone, when some one is calling, to reply that father is not at home, you are sowing a poisonous seed, which will become a huge tree.
Sathya Sai Baba, 6 Jan 1975
 
Parents set bad examples uttering falsehood, scandalising others, gambling, drinking, behaving violently, inflicting injury, becoming addicted to night-clubs, pictures and drinking parties, quarrelling at home after arriving home past mid-night. How can children used to such low sights and sounds learn to become bright fresh flagrant flowers of the Sanaathana Garden of India?
Sathya Sai Baba, 6 Jan 1975
 
Get up from your bed with a peaceful mind. Think of God.There are some people who get up from bed with a disturbed and agitated mind. If the parents criticise each other as soon as they get up from bed, the children will go a step further and will start beating each other up when they wake up in the morning. The children will naturally try to emulate their parents. Hence, parents should set an example to their children. They should teach them by practice, not merely by precept.
Sathya Sai Baba, 2 Apr 2003
 
Parents must not find fault with others in the hearing of children, or show their hatred or envy of others before these tender minds.
Sathya Sai Baba, 18 Apr 1966