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:

  1. Be polite. Say please and thank you and keep your voice to a reasonable indoor decibel.
  2. Show respect. People tend to respond to us better if we show them we value them.
  3. 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.
  4. It’s okay to make mistakes. Everyone does it. Even mommies, daddies, grandparents. Everyone. Because we’re only human.
  5. Learn from your mistakes. There is usually a better choice if we remember what we did wrong the last time.
  6. Apologize like you mean it. It shows that you acknowledge your mistakes and wish to do better next time.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Share your feelings. And find someone to listen. It helps more than we might realize at the time.
  10. Share your toys. Things that are fun for one person are usually even more fun the more people that get involved in the game.
  11. 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.
  12. 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?


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