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7 Things I Want to Teach My Daughters in 2017
As a parent, it is my responsibility to teach my daughters about life. I dread the days when we have to talk about the hard stuff or the difficult topics. As a child, your world seems very black and white. Maturity comes when you realize that there are more gray areas than black and white areas combined. I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching lately. What do I want my girls to know? Who do I want them to become? The truth is, I have control over none of those things. What I do have control over is what they learn from me. In 2017, I have resolved to teach them 7 things I think will get them through life, no matter what path they choose.
Taking care of yourself is important. It is probably one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Included in self-care is allowing “little happys” every now and then. Balancing the wonderful treats life has to offer with what helps our bodies and minds thrive is important. We recently found one of our new favorite treats, TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks, in the cookie/cracker aisle at Walmart. TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks are fun to eat, lovable bear shaped snack. They are made with quality ingredients such as milk, eggs, and chocolate, and they also have no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors, and no artificial colors . I feel good knowing that I am teaching my girls to have an appropriate relationship to food by modeling it for them myself early on.
I am not a zealous budget keeper (sorry, honey), but I do understand the value of a dollar. My parents taught me that value, and I am trying to teach it to my girls. When we purchased our TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks, we used our iBotta app to earn a little cash back from our purchase. It felt good to save that money, but now what do we do? Do we spend that money on ourselves? Is there be someone in need that we could help? Generosity doesn’t have to be a big production. A sacrifice of anything personal on behalf of another person can be generous.
Act with Kindness
Turn on your TV or open up your favorite news website, and you’ll see that our country is still in a somewhat tumultuous state. Raising the next generation of good citizens includes teaching them about kindness. Are we looking out for only ourselves? What does it mean to be kind to someone? Kindness does not have to equal large, exorbitant acts. I have found kindness in the small, every day moments of interaction. Kindness is like a ripple in a pond; it starts out small, but grows and eventually reaches even the outer edges. If my girls never start small, how will we ever reach the outer edges?
Empathy is different than kindness. This is a mature feeling that may take us more than a year to master, but I’m going to give it a shot. Empathy requires us to consider others before ourselves. Oh, how hard this can be! If we all did it, I have a feeling this world would be a much better place. Caring and considering one another before self is difficult, but with a lot of practice, the positivity it generates is worth the hardship.
We’ve been working a bit on gratitude already. Not just using our manners, but really showing gratitude toward others. We are very privileged to live where we live and lead the lifestyle we lead. Expecting things on a silver platter is not how I was raised, and I don’t want my girls to grow up with that attitude either. Genuine gratitude comes from being grateful for what you have and having a generous heart for others that spills over from that gratitude (see how I’m trying to connect kindness there?).
Be a Good Listener
Listening is lost art. Our culture is filled with so much noise, it often seems that everyone is trying to talk over one another. Take time to listen to what someone is saying to you. Don’t think about what you’re going to say next. Really listen. I need to be a better model of this as I, more often than not, am excellent at tuning my kids out. How are the supposed to learn if I am not modeling the appropriate behavior myself?
Don’t Be Afraid to Fail
Failing is probably the hardest experience for me. I want to be perfect at everything. I don’t ever want my girls to feel that way. More importantly, I want them to feel safe trying new things and failing. I want them to know that it is OK if they can’t do it all. Life is so much more interesting when you aren’t afraid to try it!
What are you trying to teach your kids this year?To check out the TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks we tried this week, visit your local Walmart stores on February 23rd for an in-store demo with GoGo Squeeze. Yum!