We had a mishap at our house this week - our youngest leaned on the soap holder while showering and ripped it (along with some tiles) off the wall! I realized that I have told my kids to rinse their hair really well, check the water before getting in, and step on the bathmat when getting out - but I never said anything about leaning on the soap holder.
So, I got to thinking about other things that kids should know that we may have forgotten to tell them - here are a few:
1. People like to be appreciated, so say "thank you" when someone helps you out or does something nice.
2. It's good to have siblings. You may argue and fight now, but when you're older you'll be glad they're around.
3. Learn to hold a door open, look people in the eye when you talk to them and shake hands nicely - good manners are always in style.
4. No matter how fun it looks, never test the theory of speed and velocity by throwing something at the ceiling fan.
5. "Everyone's going through something" - be gracious when other people are mean. They may have gotten a bad test grade, or something could be going on at home - give your friends the benefit of the doubt when they are acting out of character.
6. If someone falls down, help them up -- whether it's a friend, a stranger or someone on the opposing team -- it's the right thing to do.
7. Never ride your bike with bare feet!
8. "If you don't have something nice to say" and "when you're mad, keep your mouth shut" will save them a lot of tears and apologies as they grow up.
9. "You can always tell me anything" - kids need to know that someone will always listen to them, good or bad, and help them figure things out.
10. What you put out in the world will come back to you, a.k.a. karma. I tell my kids, if you do good, good will come back; if you do bad, watch out!
11. My husband's famous for telling our kids, "If you don't have time to do it right, you'd better have time to do it again" - applies to a lot of areas of life.
12. Never, ever lean on the soap holder in the shower :)
What good advice do you give your kids?
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