‘Don’t smoke, will you? It makes your breath smell and your hair and your clothes. It’s bad for you,’ I told my five year old. I didn’t think I could start early enough with the indoctrination.
‘But you smoke, mummy,’ was the puzzled response.
And there was something in the look he gave me that made me stop in my tracks.
‘That’s right,’ I said, after a minute, ‘but it’s just because I’m finding it hard to stop that I am telling you about it. I don’t want you to start.
He didn’t say anything, but I could tell that my son wasn’t having any of it. Children tend to recognize hypocrisy a mile away, no matter how well meant.
So, as I wanted to have the upper hand when it came to this issue, I stopped. And it only took me 20 tries and thirty years to do it.
I’m glad to say that neither of my children smokes.
This doesn’t quite answer today’s question which is what advice did you give that you failed to take yourself, but having led an exemplary life (smile) it’s as close as I can get.