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10 From GEM: 10 Lessons To Teach Kids Of All Ages

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10 From GEM:
10 Lessons To Teach Kids Of All Ages

We parents are our kids’ first and best teachers. They will learn things from us that can only be taught at the kitchen table or while we tuck them in at night. The lessons our kids will learn are extensive and we are on a seemingly never-ending quest to guide them through life. There are dozens of lessons to teach kids, but these are 10 that are good to teach and reinforce, no matter how old your kids are.

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 1. LIFE ISN’T ALWAYS FAIR

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Nothing in life is always fair and equal. This is a difficult lesson and it is best learned by (sometimes painful) experience. Since you can’t always guarantee fairness and equality, it’s best to empathize with your child and guide them through the lesson. Most importantly, remind them that life is good.

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2. GRATITUDE

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Feeling gratitude is so important because, as Cicero stated, it “is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” Being grateful goes one step further than being thankful because gratitude is expressed in how we behave, not just words we say. Expressing gratitude makes happiness bloom inside of us and the recipient of our gratitude.

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 3. NOT EVERYONE WILL LIKE YOU

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Creative Commons/Raya Willoughby

…and that’s okay. Your kids should understand that sometimes people rub each other the wrong way for no reason at all. Kids won’t like everyone they meet and that’s also okay. The important thing is that we all treat one another with compassion and kindness.

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4. LIVE WITH INTEGRITY

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What motivates your children to behave in certain ways? It doesn’t mean much if your child won’t steal candy because she knows she’ll get caught. She possesses integrity if she knows she won’t get caught stealing candy and she doesn’t do it because she understands the consequences her actions will have on others.

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5. DON’T BE AFRAID TO FAIL

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Failure is going to happen to all of us and we’re going to fail at something repeatedly. The real failure comes in not trying something new because we think we should do it perfectly at the start. Teach your children to look at every failure as an opportunity to get better at whatever they want to accomplish.

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 6. DEVELOP A SENSE OF HUMOR

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The ability to laugh at oneself and find humor in almost all situations is such a great way to soften the punches life has in store for us. Laughter is an instant stress reliever and provides a great physical and emotional release. And since laughter is contagious, a child can improve his/her social interactions with a laugh and a smile.

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 7. STAND UP FOR YOURSELF

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As a parent and a former teacher, I’ve found that kids want to stand up for themselves, but they often don’t know how to do it so that they’re not a doormat or a bully. This is true for young children as well as teenagers. Teaching your children to stand up for themselves doesn’t happen in one fell swoop. It happens over many conversations in which you take advantage of natural opportunities to provide examples and give them words to use.

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8. TIME SPENT WITH PEOPLE MATTERS

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Human relationships are the backbone of our lives. A life spent without people who love and support you is an unhappy life. Teach your children the importance of spending time with people who have a place for them in their hearts. Young people tend to think of time as unlimited commodity, but you must show them with your behavior why it’s important to spend time with their grandparents.

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 9. MOVE YOUR BODY EVERY DAY

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This might be the hardest lesson to teach if you don’t get enough exercise yourself, but your children might have a shorter life expectancy than you. Other than eating well, the way to turn the tide on this is to get active. Engaging in physical activity doesn’t mean everybody has to join the health club. It means that each day, you and your children do something to get your heart rate up. Dance to music, take a walk, play in the yard. Be creative if your options are limited.

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10. YOU HAVE UNLIMITED POTENTIAL

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While nobody has unlimited potential in everything, my personal belief is that everybody has unlimited potential in something. Encourage your children to explore all the wonders of life. Instead of thwarting their passions because you think they are a waste of time, allow them some leeway to find the things that bring them the most joy. Then they’ll be more likely to live a contributive life.

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There are so many life lessons out there. What are the most important ones you teach in your family?

 

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Alexis Trass Walker lives in Gary, Indiana, with her husband and four children. She is a stay at home mom and writer who loves all things chocolate. Read more about Alexis on her blog lilliebelle.org, email her at alexistrasswalker@gmail.com, or follow her on Twitter @LillieBelle5.

 

 

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