What Three Lessons Do You Want Your Children to Learn From You?
If and when I have children, the following are three things that I would hope to instill in them.
- Be Yourself – I am very grateful that, growing up, my mom was very supportive of my often alternative interests. I would definitely want to teach my children to throw stereotypes out the window and do whatever makes them happy. That includes personal aesthetic, interests and hobbies, religion, sexual orientation, whatever. If my kid wants to be a green-haired, guitar-playing, Buddhist pansexual: go for it. I’m going to love them just as much.
- Be Honest – It’s cliche, but honesty truly is the best policy. Lies will always find their way back to you. Whether it’s telling your parent that you’re at a friend’s house when you’re really at a party or padding your accomplishments/resume to get into a better school. I feel like lying could potentially evolve into other negative behavior, so it’s best to avoid it all together and just tell the truth!
- Be Kind/Considerate – Everyone has feelings and you should always take them into consideration. I think it’s also very important to try and understand why someone may be feeling a particular way. Was it something that you did? Something that someone else did? As a super emotional person, I always find that talking about what I’m feeling can help others to understand why, even if it may seem irrational to them. Everyone is entitled to their feelings.
Also, if anyone would like to do this challenge with me, it can be found here.