I had a really great chat with my mother-in-law over the long weekend.
You know, the kind of chat that just keeps developing and growing until the early hours of the morning?
And while I was very quickly regretting the mere 2 hours of sleep I had gotten when I woke up in the morning, I was so glad we had it.
Not in a school curriculum sense, but about what’s missing. About how there is no “Major in Common Sense”, Minor in “Choosing the Right People In Your Life”, or “Being Happy 101”.
These are crucial lessons in anyone’s life, but somehow get de-prioritized in the school system, and buried under fractions, essays, and dissecting small animals!
So the battle begins between parent and teacher lessons, and once the parent starts getting involved in homework, these ideas get pushed back at home as well.
I began my research on all of this a little while ago after listening to this TEDxTalk from an inspiring 13 year old boy who really and truly has parents that know their stuff!
There was SO MUCH!
I’ll be honest, I started feeling a little overwhelmed! How was I going to make sure Maddie succeeded in academic schooling, without losing everything that I want her to know in life?
After a little hunting, I came across this anonymous listing that sums it all up fantastically! There are some that have said this is based on old proverbs, and other that say these are the words of the Dalai Lama…personally I don’t care who said them, they are still perfection!
These 21 rules are such a great tool to help you lead your child to a happy, fulfilling, peaceful life!
If You Only Teach Your Child 21 Life Lessons…
These Are Them!
- Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
- Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
- Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
- When you say, “I love you,” mean it.
- When you say, “I’m sorry,” look the person in the eye.
- Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
- Believe in love at first sight.
- Never laugh at anyone’s dreams. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much.
- Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.
- In disagreements, fight fairly. Please No name calling.
- Don’t judge people by their relatives.
- Talk slowly but think quickly.
- When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, “Why do you want to know?”
- Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
- Say “bless you” when you hear someone sneeze.
- When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
- Remember the three R’s:Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.
- Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
- When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
- Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
- Spend some time alone.
Do you think more “life lessons” should be taught in school? Chat with me
in the comments below!
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