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1. Compliments don’t hurt or Cost Money. Give them freely and often.
2. Life always looks better on a full tummy. Chicken soup, homemade chocolate chip cookies and hugs from mom cure everything. Sleep does too. Tomorrow is a new day and sleep tends to may life look brighter after a bad day.
3. Manners are always cool. Look people in the eye when you talk to them, shake hands nicely, chew with your mouth closed and hold the door for people. Good manners are always in style.
4. Critters like chipmunks, wild rabbits, squirrels and bears may look cute and cuddly in movies, but they are still wild animals and could potentially eat your face off. Stay clear even if you think they need “help.”
5. Everywhere you go in life, there will be mean people. Learn to walk away, shake it off and not let them get under your skin.
6. Siblings are not bad. Some day when you are all grown and gone, you WILL miss each other.
7. Never stand on a chair with wheels. Unless you like falling on your bum. Always pick the right tools for the job and safety first.
8. Be grateful. Be happy for what you have because there are a million kids who would love to have what you have.
9. “You can always tell me anything.” Kids need to know that someone will always listen to them.
10. Be problem solvers: Don’t whine-ask for help. Don’t ever be afraid to admit you don’t know how to do something. Everyone is new at something once.
11. My husband’s famous saying, “If you don’t have time to do it right, you’d better have time to do it again” – applies to a lot of areas of life.
12. “I love you” and “I think you are awesome.” Say it today to your family. Then Repeat.
13. Moms and Dads DO NOT get out of bed looking to nag on you everyday. Being a parent is tough and we can’t always be your friend. Put yourself in other people’s shoes…including your parents.
14. Screaming and fighting is annoying, especially with siblings: Revert back to the rules in 5, 6 and 10. And if you don’t want your little sister to “copy” everything you say…stop talking. Every time you say “stop copying me!” it only gives her ammunition.
What good advice do you give your kids?
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