'oops I opened my mouth and my mother fell out'
I observe myself in my children all the time - the good, the bad and the ugly. As they've got older I am far more aware that I/we are modelling behaviours and attitudes for them and they watch every move and breath we take. The way I behave and handle things infront of them is their 'normal'. I know it's obvious but having kids really does hold a mirror up to yourself doesn't it?
Sometimes they'll say 'god mum you aren't being very mindful'
I usually now answer 'it's good you've noticed this and caught me, I'm learning from you two as well thanks, let me rewind and handle it in a different way.'
I'm learning as I go and they grow.
Mindfulness teaches you to become more a watcher of your mind and gives you the space sometimes that you need to respond not react. One of my favourite quotes/books is 'Let Stillness Speak' by Eckhardt Tolle.
Take a breath, find space and silence then respond.
I hope they notice.