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This is not my own list (and thanks to the friend I snagged it from), but one that I feel bears repeating. There are easily things that could be added, but I believe this 20 gets the point across. Talk to them. Share with them. Get REAL with them. We are raising children to be adults, not to be grown kids. This list is a good beginning point.
20 things you need to share with your HS or middle school child:
1. Yes, your freshman year counts towards your GPA for college
entrance. Screw it up and you’ll work for crap wages your whole life.
2. No means NO. In every possible circumstance.
3. Join every sport, every club, every after school activity no matter what the cost. It’s cheaper than bail.
4. Repeat after me: I am never in that much of a hurry…I am never in
that much of a hurry. Now say that every time you get behind the wheel.
It will save your life and that of your best friend in the seat next to
5. Don’t smoke pot. It ruins your short term memory. (Did I already say that?)
6. Don’t ever get a credit card. Ever. You earn it or you live without it.
7. If I yell at you, it’s because I love you. And also, because you pissed me off. To avoid the latter, stop being an idiot.
8. Make a vivid picture inside your head of every great moment of your childhood. You’ll need those to get through adulthood.
9. Make snow angels as often as possible.
10. Stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.
11. Be always benevolent. Yes, that’s a word. Look it up.
12. Call me for a ride even if you are so drunk you barely know my
number. I’ll probably be mad for a while but I’ll respect you for
calling and I won’t kill you. Riding with someone who is drinking will.
13. Be a leader, not a follower. Unless you are doing stupid things, then follow the kid with the highest GPA.
14. Love your siblings, even when you don’t like them. Some day you
will be trying to get them to take care of me in my old age. If they are
mad at you, you are stuck with me.
15. I’ve been there, done
that on more things than you can imagine. I’m not stupid and I know what
you are doing. I was once you (times ten).
16. Work hard at everything you do. Anything worth doing is worth doing your best at.
17. Cover it. (Enough said.)
18. When I tell you to clean your room, do not point at my messy room
and raise your eyebrows. I’m trying to raise you to be better than me.
19. Learn to type; to budget; and to pray. All are equally important.
20. Never be sedentary. Some day soon you will no longer be able to move like that. Enjoy it.