I have a 5-year-old, so I spend a lot of my time teaching. Children are not born knowing all that we, as parents, know. Sometimes my daughter will do something and I’ll wonder why she would think that was a good idea. For example, clapping her soap soaked hands in the shower to make designs on the glass door. I then remind myself that she’s just having fun!
On the LONG list of things we should probably teach our children, here are some of my favorites.
The Golden Rule: Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You
This is non-negotiable when it comes to teaching my daughter how to live and be a kind human being in this world. I try to lead by example, but I also use situations in life to prove my point and help her see it in action. So if we see a good lesson while we’re out shopping or eating dinner, I try to bring it to her attention.
Respect Your Elders, actually, Respect Others, in General
I most definitely teach my daughter to respect my husband and me, her grandparents, our friends, her teachers, etc. But in general, the rule is to respect others. They don’t have to be older than you, or elderly. Just respect people, all people.
If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, Don’t Say Anything At All
In today’s society, everything you say can offend one person or another. I think this stems from us all being too comfortable in speaking our minds. I’m all for free speech, but not EVERYTHING that pops into your head needs to be said aloud. If we all concentrated on keeping some thoughts to ourselves, maybe the world would be a little bit nicer of a place to inhabit. With my daughter, I try to instill that she can tell ME anything and everything she conjures up in that little head, but it’s not all fair game for a conversation with others.
Where There is a Will, There is a Way and What Is Meant To Be Will Be
I certainly believe you need to forge your own path in life and make every move in the direction you want to go in, but I also believe that if you do that, God will help you in whatever way he can, to get to where you need to be. Do not sit there and wallow in your fears and frustrations. Do something about them. And when you do, great things will happen!
If I can see these old adages manifest in my daughter, I will feel like I have succeeded at parenting!