The crab walks sideways, merrily on his way
But he instructs his children “don’t walk the same way”
He says to them sternly “you must learn to walk straight”
“…For that is the way of those who are great”
And even us parents, don’t we do the same?
Play the “do as I say, but not as I do” game
We lecture, we urge and often admonish
We scream “be quiet…or you will be punished!”
We skip over our beans but say to them “eat your greens”
And all the while forgetting what all of this means
That we are role models and through our actions we teach
And to serve as examples we must practice what we preach.