The following are a few of the important life strategies I’m trying to emphasize to my three-year-old, but that I and perhaps a few other members of our society could stand to learn as well:
- Be polite. Say please and thank you and keep your voice to a reasonable indoor decibel.
- Show respect. People tend to respond to us better if we show them we value them.
- Be gentle. There’s a time and a place for roughhousing, but no one likes getting clocked because you don’t know how to express how mad you are.
- It’s okay to make mistakes. Everyone does it. Even mommies, daddies, grandparents. Everyone. Because we’re only human.
- Learn from your mistakes. There is usually a better choice if we remember what we did wrong the last time.
- Apologize like you mean it. It shows that you acknowledge your mistakes and wish to do better next time.
- Forgive. Everyone deserves a second chance. We all make mistakes (see item #4), and if we can forgive others, maybe they’ll be more inclined to forgive us next time we screw up.
- Be brave. Bravery doesn’t mean we’re not afraid, being brave means being afraid and doing things anyway. You can’t be brave if you have nothing to fear.
- Share your feelings. And find someone to listen. It helps more than we might realize at the time.
- Share your toys. Things that are fun for one person are usually even more fun the more people that get involved in the game.
- Share your smile. When you see someone smiling at you, it’s hard to stay in a bad mood. Especially if it’s a three-year-old.
- Be yourself. There’s beauty in each one of us. Find yours and nurture it. Show it. Share it.
M seems to get a lot of this already. So what did I forget? What lessons do you hope to pass on to others either through instruction or example?