50 Things My Children Need to Know

21 Mar

If you haven’t already noticed, I’m big on lists. I like making them. It calms some part of my brain that is a little OCD. Anyway, I got to thinking about all of the things that I would want my children to know if suddenly I wasn’t around. The things that I hope to teach them throughout their lives. The things I hope they take with them when they leave my home to create their own. The longer I thought, the more my list grew.

50 things my children need to know:

1. You are loved more than words can express
2. Brush your teeth
3. Please and thank you take so little of your time and mean so much to other people
4. Hold the door for people behind you
5. Say “Ma’am” and “Sir”
6. Take time to do the things that you love
7. NEVER let someone treat you with less respect that you deserve
8. You are beautiful
9. Your words can injure people, and they can’t be erased
10. Pray. Every day.
11. Each of you are my favorite
12. Don’t wait until it’s too late to take control of your health
13. Be yourself
14. Make sure the person you are is someone you love
15. Don’t be afraid to say no
16. Sometimes, though, you need to say yes
17. Don’t ever do something just because someone else wants you to. Make sure you want to.
18. Take risks, just don’t risk too much
19. Wear your seatbelt
20. When you apologize, mean it, and look the person in the eye
21. When you say, “I love you,” mean it, and look the person in the eye
22. Always kiss the person you love with your eyes closed
23. Dance in the rain, literally and figuratively
24. Read the Bible
25. Keep in touch with each other, you’ll need each other your whole lives
26. Don’t always be in a rush. Take time to slow down and enjoy where you are
27. If you don’t like something about yourself, change it
28. Learn as much as you can
29. Have heroes to look up to, but realize that they aren’t perfect either
30. Never take yourself too seriously
31. Make memories you will want to retell
32. Be a great friend
33. Marry the person that is your best friend. The person you can make the choice to love, even when it’s difficult
34. Choose a career you enjoy. Money isn’t everything
35. Be the kind of parent your kids can be proud of
36. Do your homework
37. Read. Read the fun books, and the classics
38. See the ocean, at least once
39. Stand up for yourself
40. Stand up for the things you believe in
41. Stand up for those that can’t stand up for themselves
42. Find friends that are worthy of you
43. See the world while you can. Eventually children and responsibilities will keep you closer to home. Go everywhere you want to before that.
44. Save money, but treat yourself every now and then
45. Wear clean underwear
46. Spend the most time with the people that make you the happiest
47. You will get your heart broken. Don’t let the fear of that keep you from loving recklessly
48. Don’t listen to your music too loud or sit too close to the tv
49. Peanut butter and chocolate syrup make the best ice cream topping
50. I love you. You are my heart.

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