It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day tasks when raising kids. You don’t always have time to think about big picture lessons you hope to impart, but you try your best.
Here are 9 things to make sure your child knows as they’re growing up:
1. The importance of kindness
Really, it all boils down to “just don’t be an asshole.”
You never know what troubles someone is facing in their lives, so always be kind. You may be able to lighten up their darkest day and getting to play that role is a gift.
2. Sometimes, people are just mean
In this life, you will come across many bitter and hateful people. You’ve done nothing to deserve that; it’s simply a reflection of where they are in life.
Always remember, what these people say to you does not define you. Sometimes people take their anger out on others when they’re struggling with their own issues.
It’s not your fault; ignore it. Continue to set an example.
3. Every action has a reaction
Everything that you do in life will have consequences. They could be good or terrible; keep this in mind each time you make a decision.
Your actions impact more than just you. Know when to be selfless and when to be selfish.
4. The value of a strong work ethic
In this life, you’ll have to work for the things you want. Be independent and work hard every day and you’ll never have to worry about relying on anyone else.
5. The significance of honesty
Your word is your bond, never break it. If you say you are going to do something, you’d better do it.
It only takes one lie to change someone’s opinion of your dependability, trustworthiness, and values. Don’t give anyone a reason to doubt you. Honesty is always the best policy.
6. It’s okay to make mistakes
We all mess up from time to time, and that’s perfectly okay.
Each mistake is a learning experience; you are the teacher and the student of your own life. Laugh about it, learn from it, and move on.
7. Embrace your uniqueness
Being unique means, you’re different, being different means you’re special, being special means you’re one of a kind.
You are rare, what’s better than that?
8. Life is a beautiful gift
And our loved ones are, too.
Each day we open our eyes is a blessing, live like it. Do what makes you happy while you still have time. Show gratitude to those who help you in any way.
You’ll never be able to get this day back, so make the absolute most of it.
9. How to love
True, genuine love is not just a feeling; it’s a verb. To give love, you have to show love.
Hold onto the ones close to you for just a few more seconds. Give them compliments, affection, and plenty of attention. Don’t have the time? Make it.