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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.

Featured photo credit: f i Я a x via flickr.com

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Last Updated on July 3, 2020

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

2. Focus on your breath

Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

3. Get organized and purge old items

A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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6. Smile more

Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

7. Don’t worry about the future

As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

8. Eat real food

The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

9. Choose being happy over being right

Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

11. Make use of filtering features on social media

You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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12. Get comfortable with silence

When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

13. Listen to understand, not to respond

So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

14. Put your troubles in a bubble

Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

15. Speak more slowly

Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

16. Don’t procrastinate

Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

17. Buy a coloring book

Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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18. Prioritize yourself

You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

19. Forgive others

Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

20. Check your expectations

Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

21. Engage in active play

Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

22. Stop criticizing yourself

The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

26. Manage your money

Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

27. Stop trying to control everything

Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

28. Practice affirmations

Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

29. Get up before sunrise

Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

30. Be yourself

Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

Featured photo credit: man watching sunrise via stokpic.com

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