Parenting is a tricky thing. As a parent there are many things that I want to teach my boys.
Many of them are on a smaller more practical scale. Things like making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on their own, riding a bike, doing laundry and phone etiquette. While I believe these are all very useful and valuable lessons, there are many things on a larger scale that I feel it is my responsibility as a parent to teach them in order to give them the opportunity to become successful, happy and loving adults.
Because I am so addicted to lists lately, I thought I would share some of the lessons I hope to teach my kids along the way.
I’m always proud of you, no matter what…even when you screw up.
Speak up, don’t be afraid to share your opinions.
Listen with your ears, you don’t always have to be the one talking.
Think before you speak, always choose your words wisely.
Celebrate the little moments, because those are the ones that matter.
Don’t pick on other kids, everyone is different and that is ok.
Help me carry things, you will probably be stronger than me before you become teenagers.
Defend yourselves and each other.
You don’t have to be the best at everything as long as you always do your best.
Always be open to learning, for learning is the greatest gift of all.
Follow your gut, trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t right.
Take risks. Everything you do is a learning experience.
Spend your money wisely.
Always be grateful. There is never going to be a time when you don’t have something to be thankful for.
Always respect women. You will be sorry if I ever catch you treating a woman badly.
Don’t change yourself for anyone. You are perfect the way God created you.
Do as I say, not as I do when it comes to texting and driving.
If someone makes you feel bad about yourself, they are not a true friend.
Friendship is a two way street not a one way path.
Talk to me. I’m a great listener. There is never anything that you cannot tell me.
Own up to your mistakes. It’s ok, we all make them.
Don’t settle in your relationships.
Vote. It’s your right as an American. Take it seriously.
It’s ok to say no, mean it when you say it.
Always be humble.
Take care of your body, eat right and exercise regularly, trust me you will feel better when you do.
Be patient, good things take time.
Lead by example.
Take pride in your appearance.
Girls love a guy that can cook and do his own laundry.
Being married is a good thing, no matter what your dad says.
Nothing bad has happened tomorrow. Every day is a new day fresh for the taking.
Nothing I do in my life will ever compare to being your mom! You will feel the same way when you have kids, after you turn 40 and I let you start dating, of course!