12 Important Things to Tell Kids

 

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:

 

Words of Wisdom for Kids

 

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.  Reminding them "If you don't have something nice to say"  and "when you're mad, keep your mouth shut"

-- both 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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Comments

Jacquie Fisher (website) on Thursday, 12 July 2012 02:57

I love the "look people in the eye". That's a good one I hadn't thought of!

I love the "look people in the eye". That's a good one I hadn't thought of!
Jacquie Fisher on Friday, 13 July 2012 01:09

All of the above things I've taught my 20 year old and am now teaching my 2 yr old. I've always taught from a broad spectrum and stress diversity and expression. Be accepting of everyone and get to know them. Regardless of how your beliefs or culture, etc. match or don't match up with theirs-we can learn from everyone. Also: Anything worth doing is seldom easy. It's often the journey that matters more.

All of the above things I've taught my 20 year old and am now teaching my 2 yr old. I've always taught from a broad spectrum and stress diversity and expression. Be accepting of everyone and get to know them. Regardless of how your beliefs or culture, etc. match or don't match up with theirs-we can learn from everyone. Also: Anything worth doing is seldom easy. It's often the journey that matters more.
Jacquie Fisher on Monday, 30 July 2012 08:56

I agree with everything completely! Except Karma. Good does not come to those who do good, and bad does not come to those who do bad.

I agree with everything completely! Except Karma. Good does not come to those who do good, and bad does not come to those who do bad.
Jacquie Fisher (website) on Sunday, 12 August 2012 05:19

Well I like "never take a wooden nickel". That wa always being said to us. Pretty much pay attention to things. Don't take things lightly. Also "if you don't like to be hurt, don't hurt someone else". It goes for all ages. Also "respect your elders". I don't. Are who you are, people deserve respect. That tells kids that as they get older they will also get respect.

Well I like "never take a wooden nickel". That wa always being said to us. Pretty much pay attention to things. Don't take things lightly. Also "if you don't like to be hurt, don't hurt someone else". It goes for all ages. Also "respect your elders". I don't. Are who you are, people deserve respect. That tells kids that as they get older they will also get respect.
Jacquie Fisher on Thursday, 16 August 2012 13:46

My husband always says "decisions you make today will affect the rest of your life, so choose wisely".

My husband always says "decisions you make today will affect the rest of your life, so choose wisely".
Guest - J on Thursday, 05 September 2013 05:19

Never put sink soap in the dishwasher.

Never put sink soap in the dishwasher.
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