If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not as an example.
If parents had children who were good sleepers, they assumed this was due to their good parenting, not good luck.
Do not antagonize your son! He is of an age to choose for himself. Because his choice is not your choice, do not assume that you must be right. If it is a misfortune – then accept misfortune. Be at hand to aid him when he needs aid. But do not turn him against you.
Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely if ever do they forgive them.
Children are most impressed with the importance of a moment when they witness a parent breaking the parent’s own rule.