Life Lessons to Teach Your Children
As a parent, you want to teach your children to be healthy, happy, productive adults. What life lessons do many parents emphasize?
- Life is not always fair, but, overall, it is still good.
- People are good. People may make choices that are not good, but people themselves are still good.
- Do not judge people. Especially do not judge people based on age, gender, family status, social status, race, national origin, religion, health, etc.
- Share. Give of yourself to others.
- Treat others with the same kindness and understanding with which you would like to be treated.
- Treat yourself with this same kindness and understanding. Expect others to treat you similarly. Stand up for yourself when they do not.
- Just because an action is justified, that does not mean that the action is right.
- Not everyone will like you. Make peace with that.
- Establish and maintain healthy boundaries.
- Choose battles wisely.
- Negotiate when dealing with differences. Seek win-win outcomes.
- Two people can hold very different perspectives and yet both can be right.
- Know when to walk away. Do so without judgment of those you leave behind. (For example, they may be making choices that are not good, choices that you do not want to adversely affect you, but they are still good people who will hopefully learn and grow from their trial-and-error lessons.)
- Exercise empathy, forgiveness, logic, and faith.
- Acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses. Play to your strengths. Work around or work to correct your weaknesses. Accept your outcomes (positive or negative) with grace.
- Apologize when you have hurt someone.
- Do not take yourself too seriously.
- Honesty and integrity are cornerstones of character. Strive to live honorably. Do what you think is right. It takes years to establish trust and only seconds to destroy it.
- Never stop learning.
- Following directions from others is essential in many aspects of living with others.
- When experiencing difficulties, reach out to help others. The best way to cope with your own difficulties is to help others cope with theirs.
- There will always be people who are better at (or worse at) something than you are . . . what matters is that you are better at something than you used to be. Personal growth is the focus.
- Develop big-picture thinking. Who all will be affected by your choices? What are the long-term consequences of your actions? Do not choose a short-term gain at the expense of big picture consequences.
- Do not seek happiness. If you do, you will never find it. Instead, seek to foster quality relationships and activities. Happiness will find you.
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