To my friends with tiny humans

I know people that have kiddos have undergone some huge life changes, and they probably see the world in a different light than those of us who are still without kids....or even a different light than before they had kids. I've heard and read many things that say us (without kids) just don't understand since we don't' have kids.....we don't know what its like and don't offer parenting advice.

Well I'm going to offer some parenting advice even though you told me not to.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE teach your kids

1. how to write, with a pencil and paper using correct  grammar and sentences
2. how to count change, as in back to someone who has purchased something from them
3. how to tell time on an analog clock
4. how to take pride in tasks they set out to accomplish
5. speaking, face-to-face communication with eye contact and a strong voice that can be heard
6. work ethic, how to work hard to earn something that they want and that it may take time to get said item, job, recognition etc
7. how to give to others, without expecting something in return
8. how to apologize, when they have done wrong and mean it, be humble
9. how to take responsibility for their actions and accept consequences for their actions
10. how to be coachable which will turn into employable

And yes, if I ever have kids you are more than welcome to remind me of this post and hold me to it! I feel like teaching kids these 10 things is loving kids. These are things that I learned as a youngin' and I think I'm a better adult because of it. Were they always easy lessons to learn? Heck no! It doesn't always need to be easy, it needs to be worth it.

2 comments:

  1. Very good!! VERY good. It's amazing what people don't know these days. I'd add how to read a map (not just rely on GPS) and to write thank you notes when given gifts. Both dying arts as far as I can tell.

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  2. YES!
    11. Read a map, don't rely on your phone gps....batteries die.
    12. Write thank you notes, preferably in your own handwriting and send them in the snail mail

    I think those are great additions Tiff! consider them added to the list!

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