Wednesday, November 26, 2008

5 things I want my kids to know before they grow up

I read this meme, which I'm stealing, on the lovely and talented Patois's blog. Here are five things I want my kids to know before they grow up:

1. Life is unfair. [I'm totally stealing that from Patois.] Sometimes you don't get what you want, even if you deserve it.

2. Failure is part of the process, not the end result. You can learn so much more when you don't succeed easily.

3. Sometimes people just suck. It's not always personal.

4. You can stick up for yourself without raising your voice. Yelling is rude and disrespectful, and if you're rude, you've lost the argument before it started.

5. You must be able to apologize easily and mean it. And sometimes you just have to forgive people who disappoint you. Most of us are doing the best we can.


Brent said...

A handy list of things to learn for us all. Well done!

Kaylen said...

As a mom of a teenager, these are great points to teach them young! I wish I had these engraved on our wall, as sometimes my son forgets how true these really are.

Patois said...

I guess I didn't say anything about not stealing, so no problem with the theft.

I do like your fifth one. I think I have the hardest time with that.

Renaissance Woman said...

Love your list...parent of the year material!

wrekehavoc said...

i'm still working on these, and i'm a grownup. i bet your kids get it before i do :(

Grandy said...

I don't want to just steal the meme, I want to steal all the answers too.

Sometimes people do just suck. ;)

Julie Julie Bo Boolie said...

Words of wisdom indeed.

susiej said...

I'm still shocked about number 1. Really?! Wow.

Really, number 1 can be liberating -- but a tough one to teach the kids.