... "See, here you have passed by a small child, passed by in anger, with a foul word, with a wrathful soul; you perhaps did not notice the child, but he saw you, and your unsightly impious image, has remained in his defenseless heart. You did not know it, but you may have thereby planted a bad seed in him, and it may grow, all because you did not restrain yourself before the child, because you did not nurture in yourself a heedful, active love." - Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov; Talks and Homilies
Mr. Nelson posted this on his much more pious blog and it struck such a nerve with me. Mainly because, a few years back, my son got in trouble in kindergarten for flipping his friends the bird. He told the teacher it was "mommy's driving finger" and that I use to wave at other drivers... you know like saying "Hi".
Never lie to your kids.