5 Life Lessons I Will Not Be Teaching My Children

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There is so much emphasis around what we should be teaching our children. Being the rebel that I am, I’m throwing caution to the wind and listing the 5 life lessons I will not be teaching my children – with good reason!

#1 Respect your elders

Age is just a number isn’t it? Just because you are older than them doesn’t mean you automatically deserve respect. Respect is something that needs to be earned. If you don’t visit my children they will not visit you!

#2 Don’t talk to strangers

I’ve written about this before and it is still something I will not teach my children. One day they may need the help of a stranger and I don’t want them to be too afraid to ask!

#3 Save money & spend it wisely

Whilst I do agree I also want them to live their lives. Yes save money but so they can spend it on the things they really want to do, like travel the world!

#4 Education is everything

Education is important but it isn’t everything. I don’t want them thinking their grades define who they are!

#5 Patience is a virtue

No, no it’s not. Patience means waiting and no one gets anything from sitting around waiting. You have to go out there and chase all the things you really want!

What is one thing you will not be teaching your children?

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19 Comments

  1. Funny, a couple of these are things I WILL be teaching my children!
    I will definitely be teaching my children to work hard at school. I don’t think that tells them that grades are everything, but I believe they SHOULD work hard at school! Education and knowledge is so powerful and they need to learn that hard work is what is needed to follow their dreams. Instead I would tell them their grades don’t define them but their attitude, hard work and effort does! I want my children to have a good work ethic. Patience is another. Patience is not the same as just waiting around for things to happen! I would instead teach them to seize their opportunities. But I think patience is such an important virtue, whether it’s waiting their turn, having patience with that autistic child who isn’t understanding, waiting for a wheelchair user or taking time with a dementia sufferer, patience is a wonderful thing. So I wouldn’t tell them not to be patient, I’d tell them to go for what they want and again, work hard and be determined. With you on the respect thing – I’ll be teaching mine to respect everyone, regardless of age!

    1. Totally agree. I of course will be teaching them to be respectful and patient! I just meant the sayings are not sayings I will use. So although I will not teach them to respect their elders I will teach them that respect is something that is earned and how they can show respect. Instead of teaching them that patience is a virtue I will show them how to be patient and encourage them to be the same ox

  2. This!! I hate the respect your elders one as some older people are so effing rude! And I don’t want them to ignore all strangers either. Great post! x

  3. Oh my goodness this post is brilliant! I agree with all of these points. Of course I’d be encouraging my children to respect people & work hard at school & spend wisely but I agree! Respect is earned, grades aren’t everything & you have to go out and get what you want for sure. Just do it. Brilliant post! Xx

  4. I totally agree with these! I recently saw a post about not teaching children to share too which was interesting. They should know they can share if they want but they don’t have to just because some one asked.

  5. As a teacher I could not agree more that grades do not define who you are. There’s so much more to a child and testing isn’t the way forward in my eyes!

  6. Interesting. I’m afraid I have to disagree with you on a few of those. I agree that not everyone deserves respect, but as a teacher I see far too many children answering back to members of staff at times when it is inappropriate. In my opinion, there isn’t enough respect for other people in general, regardless of age. I think we should always treat one another respectfully; the world would be a better place for it.
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    1. This is what I mean. I will teach my girls to show respect to everyone regardless of age! There are certain people who deserve respect for the things they do such as teachers, doctors, nurses etc but it was aimed more towards those elder generation who demand respect when they do not give it back!

    1. Yes exactly! I’m going to teach them to respect everyone, be patient but don’t sit around waiting and just generally be kind ox

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