7 Facts of Life That You Should Teach Your Children ...

Cris

The facts of life you should teach your children are statements we tend to take for granted because we hear them almost every single day. Growing up, I learned from my parents that there are things that should be repeated again and again for the message to get across the intended receiver. I later learned that it’s called “redundancy” and it could be annoying but nevertheless, helpful. From my parents, I learned the following facts of life you should teach your children:

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There Are No Short Cuts

It’s tempting to find one or attempt to try one but in life, there are no short cuts. Everything is about hard work and perseverance unless you happen to be privileged and born with a silver spoon in your mouth. Of all the facts of life you should teach your children (or future children), I think this is the one that is generally applicable to work, school, and even relationships.

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  1. Believe in Yourself

No matter what life throws at you, it’s important to believe in yourself and your ability to overcome any obstacle. Self-confidence is a powerful tool that will help you to achieve your goals and reach your full potential. Encourage your children to set realistic goals and provide them with the support and encouragement they need to tackle any challenge.

  1. Respect Yourself and Others

Teach your children to respect themselves and others. Respect is a fundamental value that will help them build strong relationships with family, friends, and colleagues. Respect is also important for developing healthy self-esteem and self-confidence.

  1. Take Responsibility

Help your children learn to take responsibility for their actions. If they make a mistake, it’s important to teach them to accept responsibility and learn from it. Encourage them to own their mistakes and take the necessary steps to fix them.

  1. Learn to Adapt

Life is constantly changing and it’s important to teach your children to be flexible and adapt to new situations. Encourage them to be open-minded and try new things. This will help them to become more resilient and better able to cope with life’s challenges.

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You Will Fail at Something

Somewhere along the road, you will fail at something – an exam, a romantic relationship, a passion you want to pursue. But remember you only fail at something (or some things). NOT at everything. Failure is part of life and should not stop you from moving on. It should push you to do more and be a better version of yourself.

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Have Fun!

Because as they say “you only live once”. This line, however, has one important caveat: “Think before you act.” Be responsibly happy, as my Mom would say. This is another way of saying: “Don’t do something extremely stupid that you will regret the following day.”

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Humility is the Best Policy

Well, honesty is a great policy too but if you’re humble, honesty follows. There are too many arrogant people in this world so instead of sitting down and talking about issues, they end up destroying each other using bombs and guns. Humility is a great wardrobe. It makes you feel beautiful and confident even when you don’t verbally say it.

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Crying is Okay

Crying takes on different meanings and implications as we grow older. But one thing that holds true across time and eternity is my belief that crying is not a sign of weakness; it is a symbol of strength. Crying is an acknowledgment of fear and by accepting that you are afraid is a first step towards taking courage to face your fears.

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Sharing is Loving

My twins, Nick and Toni, are not in the sharing mood yet. They just grab each other’s toys, cookies, and milk bottles. But I always tell them to share. I know they still don’t understand what I am saying but I believe that I should introduce the word “share” to them this early so they will grow up as people who also think about the welfare of others.

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Books Are Friends!

I am ultimately biased about this fact because I am a big bookworm. I learned so much from books that helped shape the person that I am now. I had very few picture books when I was growing up because my parents couldn't afford to buy a lot but my Mom would always make it a point to buy all the books required for school and she encouraged me and my three siblings to read them all, because they are the kind of friends that “won’t leave you even when you leave them.”

What other facts about life have you learned from your parents?

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