Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Blog Hop - Three Things Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids

The blog hop theme for this week is Three Things Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids. With six kids I'm trying to raise to be decent civilians, this theme is interesting and relevant to me. I'll never claim to be the perfect parent and sometimes I just downright mess up when it comes to parenting. I doubt I'd get an A+ if parenting had a grade, but I think I'd get an A for effort...or maybe a B. Without further ado, here are three that come to mind:

1. Teach your children manners. Please, thank you, yes sir, and yes ma'am are rarely heard anymore. My two boys hold the door open for people and you'd be surprised how many people are in utter amazement that 10 and 11 year old boys are nice enough to hold a door open and let a person through. Man or woman, it doesn't matter. All of my kids are expected to say please and thank you when wanting or getting something. It's a matter of respect and politeness to the other person.

2. Teach your children the value of a dollar. Make them work for it sometimes. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about buying an "I love you" or "just because" gift for the kids. But I also feel the value of a dollar should be ingrained in their heads. One of my pet peeves is ungratefulness. Be grateful for what you've got and working for it helps instill that value. We live in a me, me, me, society and there are kids being raised to believe that the world owes them. If there's something that one of my kids really want they know they need to work towards buying it. They get a small amount of money for doing chores and save it up to buy said item.
My kids also know that I'm a tight ass (oops, I mean frugal) . Unless something is on sale, I rarely give it a second glance. Brand name clothing doesn't get worn unless it's bought from a yard sale, bought at a thrift store, or given to us. Games and toys are usually bought second-hand as well. I rarely pay full price for an item and I have carried that on to my children. They get as excited as I do when they find a great bargain at the store. They ask the cashier just how much money they saved that day. They know that if they want an expensive item that can't be afforded, they either have to wait until it's on sale, a special occasion, or they have to work for it and save up the money. Believe it or not, my kids don't go without. They wear brand names, have the latest gadgets, and the coolest toys. It's just done by the way of teaching them the value of a dollar.

3. Teach your children that being a bully is being a coward. I say this because some people are very one-sided and only have one point-of-view. They pick on those who don't fit the norm or don't jump on the bandwagon. For instance, at my daughter's high school during Homecoming this last week, one of the girls who was chosen for the sophomore Homecoming court found out after being chosen that it was all a joke. Along the lines of Stephen King's movie, Carrie. The girl and her mother were very upset. What was supposed to be a special, memorable occasion turned out to be a nightmare for this poor girl. It's not cool to pick on other people or make fun of them because of their differences. It's not cool to be the big bully on the outside because you're a coward on the inside.

What are some things you think every parent should teach their children?

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Proud Parents of Halainah Grace said...

Love your list...especially #3.
Many Blessings,

Shelly said...

I really like #1. I think manners are a lost art lately.


LAURA said...

The value of a dollar... good stuff to know!

Vanessa said...

Great list. I am a frugal person myself and I think so many children don't earn things anymore. It is a good lesson, and is so much more rewarding when you earn it.