5 Things Every Parent Should Teach Their Child

5 Things Every Parent Should Teach Their Child

Read about the five main lessons I believe every child should learn while they're young!
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1. How to sew

I feel that this is such an important thing to know in a child's life because for some reason, I have always had the impression that sewing is something that is almost impossible to learn. I never learned it as a child and I really feel like I've been missing out. Having this tactic down under your belt early in life seems like a smart idea too, considering that not everyone is good at it.

2. How to change a flat tire

This is something I still have not yet learned how to do until this day. Personally, I am not very knowledgeable about cars so this too is something that would great to master as a child. Doing this enough as a youngster grows up will eventually become second nature to them! In this way, when the situation of having a flat tire rolls around, the child would be able to perform the process without any hesitation!

3. Start saving money ASAP

"The earlier you start saving, the better off you'll be" is something my father always told me as a child, so I started doing it. Instead, of stashing every little amount of money you receive from birthdays, Christmas, etc., putting a little bit to the side for savings can help exceptionally! Even just five dollars can make a difference, especially if you talk your child into doing it early. It will all add up to be something big one day!

4. Keep the germs away

I cannot emphasize how important it is to ALWAYS wash your hands. I feel like getting sick with a stomach bug or the flu is becoming more and more common throughout the nation, which is NOT a good thing at all! This next generation needs to always have this circling their brains because catching a stomach bug from someone else is not fun!

5. Yes ma'am, no sir

Proper mannerism says so much to adults when talking with a child. It shows that the child embodies self-discipline, maturity, and respect. I was raised to always finish my sentence with sir or ma'am when talking to an adult, therefore I still do it because it became something so normal for me to do. This is probably my favorite lesson for you guys to teach to your children because it will have such a positive impact on the child's life for the rest of their days and it just makes the child look like a neater individual altogether.


Each and every one of these ideas to teach your child are super important to me. Some of these things on this list are areas of skill that I have not even mastered yet myself! With the lightening paced media that is upon us, I believe that your child can take a break from it and really try to master these life lessons! I hope this list can help you or your child in some way for their or your future. Have a blessed week everyone!

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To That One Friend Who Deserves The World

Since I can't give you the world, I hope giving you this article is enough.
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My wonderful friend,

You deserve love.

You deserve to marry your best friend.

You deserve appreciation.

You deserve that no matter who comes in and out of your life, every selfless thing you do for someone is acknowledged.

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You deserve kindness.

You deserve to have the nicest people in the world surround you all of the time.

You deserve support.

You deserve to have someone there for you at the beginning of every good day and at the end of every bad one, to have someone who wants to fix all of your problems.

You deserve hope.

You deserve to always be optimistic.

You deserve laughter.

You deserve to never stop smiling and actually mean it every time you do.

You deserve forgiveness.

You deserve to be able to be given second chances because without a doubt you are worth it.

You deserve friendship.

You deserve to have a friend who can be just as good of a friend as you are.

You deserve honesty.

You deserve to always be told the truth.

You deserve motivation.

You deserve to never want to give up and always push yourself.

You deserve success.

You deserve to have everything you have worked so hard for.

You deserve faith.

You deserve to always know it will get better.

You deserve loyalty.

You deserve to have that one person who will never leave and always be there for you.

You deserve happiness.

You deserve to be genuinely content with your life.

You deserve the world.

If I could give it to you, I would.

Yes, life gets tough sometimes. The unthinkable happens and your world feels like it is crashing down but you can get past all of this.

Thank you for being so selfless. It amazes me how you do it sometimes, but thank you for always making everyone your main priority when they need you.

I know I may not say it enough, but truly thank you for all you do for me. I don’t always know how to show how much someone means to me, especially when it is someone as great as you because I don’t know what I did to deserve you, but thank you.

I love you.

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Here's Your Reminder To Let The People You Care About KNOW That You Love Them

It's so scary to think that one moment everything is fine and then something happens so out of no where and out of your control.

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Last week I stared at my phone screen, not believing what my friend had just told me. Our close friend's father had just passed. I didn't know him well, but there was still a huge knot in my stomach, obviously feeling awful for my friend. That has to be one of the most horrible things, that I could never in a million years imagine having to go through. I told my friend I was thinking of her, but honestly, I tried to push it out of my mind that entire week. It's so scary to think that one moment everything is fine and then something like this happens so out of nowhere and out of your control.

Sometimes things happen in our lives that are unexplainable. This semester has had its ups and downs for me, but it's been pretty smooth sailing overall. I usually gladly stay on campus for the weekends, surrounded by my friends and so much going on, rather than taking the hour-long train ride home. Of course, I miss my family, but I am rarely thinking about it, especially on a Friday night.

This past weekend, however, I had this overwhelming desire to be at home for the weekend, and I couldn't figure out why. Sure, I had more work to do than normal so going home would probably force me to be more productive. I had also been sick that week, so it would be easier to kick my cold in the comfort of my own home than in my dorm. And as much as I adore Brower (not really), it can never hurt to get a good home cooked meal. I kept telling myself I would be home for spring break in two weeks, so none of these reasons really added up to my wanting to be home for the weekend.

Nevertheless, after a late date night on Friday, I decided to pack up my things early Saturday morning and haul my duffel bag to the train. And by the end of my weekend at home, I realized why I needed to be there so badly. I hadn't really confronted how hearing about the loss made me feel and how it was affecting me.

Writing this sounds selfish. Why should it matter how I feel when someone I care about is over there grieving and going through such immense pain? But after a week of pushing it out of my mind, I saw these events as an eye opener for my own life. Even though I have a really close bond with my own father, we fight a lot more often than I'd like, and sometimes I need a reminder to just let things go. I don't show it enough, but I love my dad so much and need to be grateful for the important role he plays in my life.

It sounds like stating the obvious to preach the importance of cherishing every second because you don't know when will be the last, but we often forget. No one should have to suffer through loss, and it scares me the more and more I think about it. I wish there was such a thing as the perfect thing to say to help someone through such an unexplainable situation like this. I guess all you can do is be there for them, give the people you love a hug, and appreciate the little moments you're lucky enough to spend with family.

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