It’s true, there’s nothing like a newborn baby to make people get their act together. But, sobering up because you are going to have a little "walk-in-your-footsteps" is surely not the highest of motivations.
Alcoholic or anger management or something else entirely, we all have issues that are not so easily solved.
You have to wonder; if we were invited on the design committee for human beings, wouldn’t we construct people so that only perfect humans reproduce?
Fortunately for me, that’s not how it works.
But how is the system we have better than the design we could envision?
Because frailty creates sincerity.
In other words, 30% perfection = 100% honesty. There is nothing like a true heart to deliver an important message. Instead of self-denial of your imperfection, use your shortcommings to be honest and sincere with your children.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to improve, and it doesn’t mean you should voluntarily tell them your indiscretions. But it does mean that the sincerity behind the words when you tell your children important life lessons will go a long way to helping them make better decisions than you.
If you know in your heart how wrong you are, they will know how good they should be.