My firstborn is turning 6 in just two more months and it amazes me how time flies. But in the midst of this amusement, I am also a bit overwhelmed to realize how little time I have to impart the life lessons he has to learn to get him geared up for the world ahead of him.
And that little time, I know, is now. While he is this young and eager to learn, I should grab this unique opportunity to teach him important lessons in life to help strengthen his character. What are these?
1. Jesus loves you– and he wants you to love others, too.
I want my kid to embrace the truth that Jesus is a friend who is always there for him because he loves him. I also want to teach my child to recognize that God loves everybody equally and that he must also have a kind and loving heart for others.
2. Be patient.
Patience is a lifelong lesson that should be practiced early on as it does not come naturally. Simple ways like waiting for his turn in a playground, falling in line and waiting to get a new toy are sure great opportunities to practice patience. I’ve witnessed several friends who are now successful because they were patient and because they persevered. I want my kids to be patient!
3. Have a good hygiene.
My husband is a great partner in instilling the importance of cleanliness to our kids. Bathing daily, brushing teeth regularly, washing hands often and making sure you smell fresh before jumping onto bed are ‘musts’ in our home!
4. Eat healthy.
I’d like to raise my kid to be healthy eater and so we try our very best to model healthy eating, and this starts at home.
5. Be grateful.
I want my kid to grow up with a grateful heart. I want him to appreciate whatever is given to him.
6. Practice good manners.
The value of having good manners cannot be overestimated. Isn’t it sweet to hear your kids say the magic words?
These are just few, but I am starting off with them. What other life lessons do you teach your kids? I hope you can share them in the comment section below!