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50 Things A Parent Wants His Kids To Know

50 Things A Parent Wants His Kids To Know

There is nothing better in this life than having kids and being a parent. There is also nothing more challenging then raising kids but also nothing more rewarding. If there are things that I want my children to know when they get older, I would want it to be these 50 things:

1. Know how to cook and clean. It pays to be self sufficient.

2. Know how to manage your money. You will thank yourself later for this.

3. Be prepared to work hard to get what you want. Nobody owes you anything.

4. Follow your dreams, no matter what anybody else has to say. Its your life, not theirs.

5. Your family is the most valuable thing you will ever have. Do not sacrifice them for anything.

6. No matter what you do, I will always be proud to be your father.

7. Life is too short to hold grudges.

8. Life is too short for regrets.

9. If you ever need to talk to somebody, I am always available.

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10. Do not sacrifice your personality for somebody else.  If they don’t respect who you are, they are not worth your time.

11. No matter where life takes you, you are always welcome back home.

12. Always follow your heart, no matter what.

13. If you have a job, and it doesn’t make you happy, then you do not need that job.

14. Karma is real. Keep that in mind.

15. It is the little things in life that truly mean the most.

16. Everything in life happens for a reason.

17. Do not let the bad things in life get you down. If you do, you will miss the good things that are coming up next.

18. If people are talking about you behind your back, take it as a compliment. Whatever you did made such an impression that they can’t stop thinking about you.

19. Learn to love yourself more than any man or woman ever could.

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20. It is better to “blend out” than it is to “blend in.”

21. It is okay to cry.

22. Only God can truly judge you.

23. You have no reason to be insecure. You are the way you are for a reason, so embrace that.

24. Never let a guy treat you like you are not a lady. To my son, always treat your woman like a lady.

25. To my daughter, I will probably dislike most of your boyfriends.

26. Don’t ever be afraid to take a chance.

27. Take great pride in what ever you do.

28. Be proud of where you came from.

29. Besides your family, your health is one of the most important things you have. Keep up on it now so you can avoid complications later.

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30. It is okay to express emotion. Never feel like you have to hide what you are truly feeling.

31. Step out of your comfort zone from time to time. You’ll be surprised what you can experience.

32. It is okay to say “no” from time to time.

33. There is nothing wrong with being the bigger person from time to time.

34. You are only young once in your life. Don’t waste your better years doing something you hate because of somebody else.

35. I am certainly not a perfect parent. I will make mistakes too.

36. If you commit to something, follow through with it.

37. Having a child is the best thing you will ever do with your life.

38. Your siblings are some of the best friends you can ever have. Do not take them for granted.

39. The way you dress says a lot about the kind of person you are. Keep that in mind for dates, job interviews, etc.

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40. I will always voice my opinion, unless you say not to.

41. There are times when it is best to be a leader, or a follower. Learn when it is appropriate to to either of those.

42. The only dumb question in this world is the one that was never asked.

43. Learning to be patient will take you far.

44. No matter how old you are, you will always be my baby.

45. You do not need all of that make up.

46. It breaks my heart to know that there will be another man or woman in your life.

47. I will probably start to cry during every major milestone that happens in your life.

48. Your body is a temple.

49. To my daughter, I will always be up for watching princess movies with you.

50. I never knew how much I could actually love until I found out that I was going to have you.

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Last Updated on November 15, 2018

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

What do you think it takes to achieve your goals? Hard work? Lots of actions? While these are paramount to becoming successful in reaching our goals, neither of these are possible without a positive mindset.

As humans, we naturally tend to lean towards a negative outlook when it comes to our hopes and dreams. We are prone to believing that we have limitations either from within ourselves or from external forces keeping us from truly getting to where we want to be in life. Our tendency to think that we’ll “believe it when we see it” suggests that our mindsets are focused on our goals not really being attainable until they’ve been achieved. The problem with this is that this common mindset fuels our limiting beliefs and shows a lack of faith in ourselves.

The Success Mindset

Success in achieving our goals comes down to a ‘success mindset’. Successful mindsets are those focused on victory, based on positive mental attitudes, empowering inclinations and good habits. Acquiring a success mindset is the sure-fire way to dramatically increase your chance to achieve your goals.

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The idea that achieving our goals comes down to our habits and actions is actually a typical type of mindset that misses a crucial point; that our mindset is, in fact, the determiner of our energy and what actions we take. A negative mindset will tend to create negative actions and similarly if we have a mindset that will only set into action once we see ‘proof’ that our goals are achievable, then the road will be much longer and arduous. This is why, instead of thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it”, a success mindset will think “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

The Placebo Effect and What It Shows Us About The Power of Mindset

The placebo effect is a perfect example of how mindset really can be powerful. In scientific trials, a group of participants were told they received medication that will heal an ailment but were actually given a sugar pill that does nothing (the placebo). Yet after the trial the participants believed it’s had a positive effect – sometimes even cured their ailment even though nothing has changed. This is the power of mindset.

How do we apply this to our goals? Well, when we set goals and dreams how often do we really believe they’ll come to fruition? Have absolute faith that they can be achieved? Have a complete unwavering expectation? Most of us don’t because we hold on to negative mindsets and limiting beliefs about ourselves that stop us from fully believing we are capable or that it’s at all possible. We tend to listen to the opinions of others despite them misaligning with our own or bow to societal pressures that make us believe we should think and act a certain way. There are many reasons why we possess these types of mindsets but a success mindset can be achieved.

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How To Create a Success Mindset

People with success mindsets have a particular way of perceiving things. They have positive outlooks and are able to put faith fully in their ability to succeed. With that in mind, here are a few ways that can turn a negative mindset into a successful one.

1. A Success Mindset Comes From a Growth Mindset

How does a mindset even manifest itself? It comes from the way you talk to yourself in the privacy of your own head. Realising this will go a long way towards noticing how you speak to yourself and others around you. If it’s mainly negative language you use when you talk about your goals and aspirations then this is an example of a fixed mindset.

A negative mindset brings with it a huge number of limiting beliefs. It creates a fixed mindset – one that can’t see beyond it’s own limitations. A growth mindset sees these limitations and looks beyond them – it finds ways to overcome obstacles and believes that this will result in success. When you think of your goal, a fixed mindset may think “what if I fail?” A growth mindset would look at the same goal and think “failures happen but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful.”

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There’s a lot of power in changing your perspective.

2. Look For The Successes

It’s really important to get your mind focused on positive aspects of your goal. Finding inspiration through others can be really uplifting and keep you on track with developing your success mindset; reinforcing your belief that your dreams can be achieved. Find people that you can talk with about how they achieved their goals and seek out and surround yourself with positive people. This is crucial if you’re learning to develop a positive mindset.

3. Eliminate Negativity

You can come up against a lot of negativity sometimes either through other people or within yourself. Understanding that other people’s negative opinions are created through their own fears and limiting beliefs will go a long way in sustaining your success mindset. But for a lot of us, negative chatter can come from within and these usually manifest as negative words such as can’t, won’t, shouldn’t. Sometimes, when we think of how we’re going to achieve our goals, statements in our minds come out as negative absolutes: ‘It never works out for me’ or ‘I always fail.’

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When you notice these coming up you need to turn them around with ‘It always works out for me!’ and ‘I never fail!’ The trick is to believe it no matter what’s happened in the past. Remember that every new day is a clean slate and for you to adjust your mindset.

4. Create a Vision

Envisioning your end goal and seeing it in your mind is an important trait of a success mindset. Allowing ourselves to imagine our success creates a powerful excitement that shouldn’t be underestimated. When our brain becomes excited at the thought of achieving our goals, we become more committed, work harder towards achieving it and more likely to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

If this involves creating a vision board that you can look at to remind yourself every day then go for it. Small techniques like this go a long way in sustaining your success mindset and shouldn’t be dismissed.

An Inspirational Story…

For centuries experts said that running a mile in under 4 minutes was humanly impossible. On the 6th May 1954, Rodger Bannister did just that. As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualised the achievement, believing he could accomplish what everyone said wasn’t possible…and he did it.

What’s more amazing is that, as soon as Bannister achieved the 4-minute mile, more and more people also achieved it. How was this possible after so many years of no one achieving it? Because in people’s minds it was suddenly possible – once people knew that it was achievable it created a mindset of success and now, after over fifty years since Bannister did the ‘impossible’, his record has been lowered by 17 seconds – the power of the success mindset!

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