These innocent imitations, however, brought to mind how carefully we must guard our behavior around children of any age. Just because they may not understand what is going on does not mean that they will not imitate what they see or hear. We have to watch our language and our actions, as well as what we listen to on the radio and watch on the television (whether it is actually TV or movies.) The first years of any child's life are among the most formative for their future character. We should do all we can to preserve their innocence and childlike joy.
This can be difficult in our modern world, especially if we ourselves have become immune or disregarding towards the evils of the world around us. Often it is not until our children shock us by their behavior that we realize how much we are teaching them, even when we are unaware ourselves. There's a country song by Rodney Atkins titled Watching You about a father and his son who copies everything his father does, whether it is swearing or praying by his bed. The chorus goes: