What is the one lesson you want to be sure to instill within your children while they are young?
If you could only teach your child one lesson in life, what would it be?
This may sound corny but the "golden rule" is probably the best ONE thing that could be taught. I think the rest would follow if one was able to follow this old rule!
Compassion and empathy. If they can grow up putting themselves in someone else's shoes for one minute and attempt to understand one someone else might be experiencing - it will service them well and make them kind, caring individuals.
I'm with duffsmom: compassion and empathy. I personally am troubled by the trend I see more often in our younger generations: misplaced entitlement; the expectation that one should receive a reward for simply showing up, not for putting in extra effort or doing something that goes beyond one's job description.
But I see schools and many organizations working hard to build upon a child's innate sense of love and acceptance. My own daughter has grown up with my developmentally disabled brother and has volunteered at the Special Olympics events he attends each year. The first year or so she was a little scared by an incredibly loud, enthusiastic crowd of athletes who would hug anybody, size discrepancy notwithstanding; now she stands at the end of a lane during track events, encouraging a reluctant athlete who knows he's coming in last, so decides simply to take off his shoes and pick dandelions in the nearby field. She gets the crowd cheering and clapping, and as the athlete finally crosses the finish line, shoes & dandelions in hand, the look on his face when he realizes all that noise is for HIM--well, it's impossible to do express the emotions unless you've been to a Special Olympics event, but the best I can do is to say there is no better example of what a little compassion can accomplish: a man who had given up on a race because he was dead last realized people were just as proud of him for crossing the finish line, period. Whenever he got around to it.
To have respect and compassion for other people regardless of who they are.
The one thing I would teach my child/children is discipline. I think if that is inculcated, most things will fall in place.
think for yourself. don't let others tell you what to believe, how to live your life and don't doubt what you truly believe.
I have four children, all adults now, and the most important thing I tried to teach them was responsibility for their actions. With that comes honesty, self awareness and self reliance, all pretty important in my opinion.
"Respect the value of time" this is what I would like to instill within my children while they are young.
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