Tuesday’s Top 10 – Ten Things You Must Teach Your Child
When it comes to parenting, the laundry list of lessons that you should teach your children is endless. Of course, there are things like teaching your child responsibility, consequence, and manners. But I feel that there are lots of other lessons that children need to learn as well in order to have a successful life. You know, like how to do laundry – which incidentally makes it to number one on this week's Tuesday's Top 10.
Tuesday's Top 10 – 10 Things YOUR Child Must Learn
- Laundry. There is nothing more disgusting than an adult who doesn’t know how to do laundry. (Okay, maybe there are more disgusting things, but laundry is important, darnit!) Male or female, young or old – washing, drying, and folding clothes is an essential life skill – and one that your kids can start to learn during toddlerhood.
- How to cook Ramen noodles. Remember back in the day, when you lived on Ramen noodles and cereal? (Okay, so yeah…I did.) Cooking Ramen noodles is perhaps the easiest thing in the world. And while I don’t condone toddlers using the stove, this is something that your child should know how to do by the time they are 12. Eventually, they too will survive college on a Ramen noodle diet and budget.
- To get over the color of people’s skin. Seriously, it's 2012 already. We shouldn’t need Martin Luther King, Jr. or stupid shows like American Muslim to teach us how to respect humans for who they are rather than the color of their skin. Or their religion. Or their culture. Racism is outdated – and the world is a big place. Don’t make it small by spreading hatred throughout your household.
- How to say, “I’m sorry.” Sounds easy, but the truth is – it isn’t. Lots of people have a hard time apologizing. I don’t mean the “I’m sorry,” that comes from a child being forced to do so either. I’m talking about the “I’m sorry” that comes from the heart.
- How to lose. In every game in life, there is a loser. Sure, it's more fun to win – but learning how to lose properly, without anger – is an essential life skill. It is our losses that teach us how to win.
- Self-confidence. Self-confidence, without becoming egocentric – is perhaps the biggest defining factor in your child’s success. Teach children how to believe in themselves, and you enable them to live their authentic life.
- How to forgive others and themselves. Forgiveness is freedom. Holding a grudge is easier, of course, but forgiving is liberating.
- How to change the toilet paper roll. Somehow, I talk about toilet paper in a lot of my posts, but seriously – teach your child how to put on a new roll.
- How to be a good friend, and how to choose good friends. In childhood, friendships are often fleeting. And kids often become involved in cliques and groups of friends that distort true friendships. Help your child learn to recognize not just how to be a friend to others, but to find real friends as well. There will come a day when their friends will be more meaningful in their life than you are.
- Compassion. Compassion for self, for others. For the kid on the playground who cannot climb the monkey bars. Compassion for the lost dog that wanders into their yard, or the small bird that fell from its nest. Compassion for the person they see crying in the corner. Many things make great people – however, none is more important than compassion for life.
What are some things you find to be important life lessons to pass on to your children?