When asked, parents usually state that their children are the most important part of their life. There’s really nothing that compares.
But it can be a worrying thought to see them enter the world unprepared.
So, how do you go about prepping them for what’s about to come whether it’s at school or work?
Let’s take a look at the 10 most important truths to share with them.
1) Nothing Becomes Easy Before It Becomes Difficult
This is a critical truth for children to understand. Whether it’s a homework assignment or a major life decision, it will never become easy before you battle through hurdles, questions, and tribulations. This is the magic of life’s journey and the tests it puts in front of you.
If everything were easy, life would be a breeze, and it’s rarely that simple. This truth should be accompanied with action meaning it’s important to give children a chance to live this truth.
Let them become strong and responsible. Let them get on the bus and travel to their destination alone. This is the beauty of life.
2) It’s HOW You Think Not What You Think
Everyone makes poor decisions, and that’s a part of life, but it’s the logic behind those decisions that matters. This truth illustrates the value of thinking with purpose and deciphering what matters and what doesn’t.
Even if the thought is “against the grain” it can still hold value if there’s purpose behind it.
3) Unrealistic Expectations Lead To Disappointment
Dreaming big is wonderful but having unrealistic expectations is not.
For example, if a child wants to go to a particular university, it isn’t going to happen without hard work and dedication in their earlier years. Children need to learn how to make unrealistic expectations realistic through their actions and planning. Until this happens, those expectations will only lead to disappointment, stress, and failure.
4) Your Attitude Should Remain A Constant
Never keep an attitude that’s unsure, negative, or unreasonable. Your attitude should be a part of who you are and this message is important for children to know. Your attitude can never be a reflection of what’s going on around you. For example, if you’re positive, you need to stay positive in all situations whether it’s sunny or gloomy.
This is the power of attitude because it teaches one to push forward.
5) Finding Meaning Is What Brings Happiness
Being happy is about feeling fulfilled on a day-to-day basis. Your child should learn the value of doing what they love because it will bring a smile to their face every morning.
Meaning isn’t what others tell you is important but what you deem valuable.
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Until you wake up with a smile on your face, true happiness will never be found.
6) Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Everyone can speak on issues but can they make a real difference through their actions?
Children need to learn the greatest change comes from the actions they take not the words they speak. Yes, your words set the tone, but it’s your actions that bring change one way or the other.
7) Lack of Effort Hurts More Than Lack of Intelligence
Your IQ isn’t holding you back rather it’s your effort. A person with a high IQ but low effort levels will always fall behind the individual who gives their 100% in everything they do. Children need to understand the value of giving it their all before calling it quits because that’s where success lies.
8) Rituals Matter More Than Goals
Setting a goal is wonderful and something everyone should be doing, but it’s your rituals that bring results.
Want to buy a new car? Well, what are you doing about earning enough money to get there? Are you putting in more time at work? Are you willing to cut down in other parts of your life?
The same applies to children. They need to realize it is their rituals that will determine if those goals are achieved or not.
9) Good Can Always Overcome Evil With Willpower
Evil might seem all encompassing and unrelenting, but it can be overcome with one’s actions.
Change can be seen if there’s a will to make it a reality. Children need to understand evil has never been impossible to beat, and that won’t change now. Those who wish to create positivity can do so.
10) Incredible Distance Can Be Covered With Small Steps
Many people waste time watching TV, playing video games or using social media. However, in a years time you’ll have absolutely nothing to show for this.
But if you practiced a particular skill every day, by the end of the year you’ll have built something interesting and fascinating. You’ll also have some great life experiences too.
Big goals may seem a long way off, but the only way they’ll be achieved is by making small improvements every day. Remember, it’s 100% possible for all of us to take tiny steps in the right direction, day in and day out.
These are 10 of life’s most important truths to share with your children so they’re prepared for everything life sends their way.