12 Things I'll Teach My Future Children
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12 Things I'll Teach My Future Children

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12 Things I'll Teach My Future Children
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While I'll admit that I'm in no hurry to have children, assuming that I would even want to have any, I do think that raising them correctly is of the utmost importance. Considering that nurture is clearly more important in how a child turns out, it would be imperative that I get the process correct. In that case, here are 12 things that I would make evident to my children in the future at any point (as if I were speaking to them).

1. Do what makes you happiest in life

Listen, as far as we know, there is nothing after this life. With that in mind, there is only so much time you can afford to lose by doing things that you aren't passionate about. That old saying about never working if you enjoy what you do is absolutely true; there is a considerable difference in the process if you like doing it. This doesn't even need to apply to work only, it's pretty much a universal rule. Whether it's doing a specific job or finding a specific hobby, do what makes you happiest. It would make life much easier, not to mention significantly more fun.

2. Love yourself, and love everyone else

Aside from a pair of 2x2 lego plates stuck together, nothing is stronger than love. Love is something that is capable of bringing people together even in the most trying of times, and can be the most powerful source of motivation. So you should always love yourself, and have the utmost confidence in all that you can do. Love yourself, and extend that love to each and every person around you, even if they're a Bears fan or a Republican. It's the right thing to do.

3. Find your passion, and follow it

As I previously mentioned, it's important to do what makes you happiest. Finding things you're passionate about goes a long way in making that possible. And as long as your passion(s) are morally acceptable, I'll most likely approve. I have writing, your uncle has laying around. These are things we're passionate about, and it's going to help a lot in your progression as an individual if you find yours.

4. Read often

Books are incredible, and if you're going to live under my roof, you'd better understand that. They give you a relief from everything around you, and give you the luxury of escaping all of your worries and problems. The knowledge contained within the pages, fiction or nonfiction, can drastically alter the way you live your life. Books are special, and there's just a feeling of comfort gained from settling down with a good book and a cup of coffee.That being said, I will not have coffee spilled on my books, and you don't want to experience my wrath if I find you dog-earring.

5. Create your own opinions and viewpoints

Now while there will not be any difference of opinion allowed on the subject of tobacco products, it is imperative that you come up with your own opinions on everything else around you. For the most part, children tend to align themselves with the beliefs of their parents, but I don't necessarily want this to be the case; I think that it is far more important for you to develop your own insight on the world.

6. Treat others with respect

Kid, the simple truth of it is this: life is far too short to spend the whole time being a prick to those around you. And you don't want to be treated like garbage do you? I wouldn't think so. The important thing to remember is that everyone goes through hard times, and it isn't made any better when we don't give each other the respect we deserve. Just keep in mind the golden rule: treat others how you would want to be treated.

7. 2002 was the last great year of Disney

This can't even be discussed; Lilo & Stitch and Treasure Planet were the last good things to come out of Disney. The lack of hand-drawn animation makes the entire process far less personal, and far less human. I don't want to talk about it, this list touched a nerve.

8. Han Definitely shot first

Watch the clip, and I will not tolerate arguing about this.

9. Mind your manners

This one is pretty self explanatory, but good manners can go a long way. You seem more trustworthy, and are generally liked far more often. Good manners will help in the workplace, and with creating relationships with those around you.

10. Coke will always be better than Pepsi

This isn't even a competition, it's just something that needs to be accepted.

11. Laughter truly is the best medicine

I really do believe that the fastest way to get over a great deal of sadness is through laughter. It lightens the mood, and reduces stress. In this family, laughter is just how we will get through things.

12. Your dad is the best

In my humble opinion, this is just a given.

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