8 Things To Teach Your Child To Be

8 Things To Teach Your Child To Be

I have said it before and I will say it again, being a parent is hard work. Some may argue the hardest work. I find it fascinating the changes that happen when you become a parent. They place that sweet baby in your arms and immediately your heart and head are full of all your hopes and dreams for this little infant. You are overwhelmed with the weight of responsibility that you have as their parent. You can’t choose who they will grow to become, but here are 8 things you can teach and encourage your child to be from birth to adulthood.

I received samples and compensation for this post, all ideas and opinions are my own.

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Be Kind- In a world full of so many who are hateful and full of judgment, we can teach our children to be kind. In their words. In their actions. In their hearts. We have to lead by example, and just think, if we all acted with the kindness we hope our children will exhibit, what a beautiful world this would become.

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Be Helpful- Helping others is a natural result of being a kind person. We can teach our children to look for ways they can be helpful, whether that means toddling their dirty diaper to the bin after a bum change or constantly looking for those who need a hand or a smile on a hard day, there is always something they can do to help. Teaching them to help in small ways when they are young will inspire them to help in bigger ways as they grow.

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Be Honest- Honesty is a trait that will serve your child through their entire life. Being honest is so much more complex than telling the truth when you do something wrong, it is showing others who you are at all times. It is about building trust and strong relationships, it is about knowing right from wrong and acting on it. It is not something we can rely on the world to teach our children.

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Be Responsible- This one can be hard on a mom. As a mom I want my children to have the things they want, I know their intentions and I see the best in them, I want to pick up the balls they have been juggling when they drop them. But as a parent we have to teach our children to be responsible and them let them do it. If they fail, we have to let them learn the consequences of that. If they forget their homework, don’t run it to school. If they said they would be somewhere and they blow it off for something else, don’t cover for them.

Be Grateful- I think entitlement is a huge problem in our society. With every generation, mine included, it seems that we think that we deserve certain things. Bigger and better things all the time. Being able to see the blessings in your life and feel grateful for them builds real love and happiness. Someone who can be grateful for what they have at any given moment will have a content heart. Kids naturally compare themselves to those around them. We have to teach them to be grateful for all the amazing things in their life.

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Be Loved- I am amazed at how this seeming basic instinct can get lost in parenting. When I was school teacher, I was heartbroken at the students who walked in my door never having felt what it was like to be loved. Showing and telling your children that you love them, no matter what choices or mistakes they make, can be the single most important thing you do as a parent. Having a child who feels loved and who knows how to love will build the future generation.

Be Smart- When I say be smart, I don’t mean get good grades. I mean be aware. Teach them to think before they act and before they speak. Teach them to think about others feelings. To think about consequences, good and bad. Teach them to choose friends wisely. Smart kids make great choices and learn from their mistakes. They try to be better.

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Be Clean- Basic concepts of cleanliness seem so easy, but kids struggle with them! How many kids do you see picking their nose or leaving garbage laying around? Just the other day my son came home and told me about a kid who got in trouble at school for licking the tables. Helping your child learn how to keep themselves clean and stop spreading germs is one of the most useful lessons you can teach them. The number one way to stop the spread of germs is to teach kids to wash their hands.

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The hardest part about teaching your kids to wash their hands is reminding them to do it a thousand times a day, am I right? It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I tell them, I always catch them leaving the bathroom or eating without washing! Here at our house we finally found a solution that is working! Check out the new Germ-X Omnipod(TM) Hand Hygiene System it eliminates up to 99.9% of germs. It is easy to use and leaves no mess for you to clean up. (How is it that kids can make such a huge mess by making their hands clean with soap and water?)

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The Omnipod(TM) Manual 750ml dispenser is a small, sturdy and compact hand sanitizer dispenser that can fit pretty much anywhere. Ours hangs in the bathroom my kids use the most often. The dispenser can dispense liquid, soap or gel and is easy to use for children of any age. When my kids leave the bathroom they see the dispenser and remember to clean their hands. It makes me feel better about their health, as well as the health of the people they are around daily! You can get one for your house by using the code PROMOGERMX16 for 20% off of your purchase through the holidays.

What do you want to teach your child to be?

17 Comments

  1. Hali @daytodayMOMents

    It’s horrible but one huge upset I have is parents not teaching their children the basics like this!

  2. Janeane Davis

    These are great lessons to teach our children. They are lessons that are good in childhood and when our children become adults.

  3. Jocelyn Cañasa Brown

    I would love for my child to be all of these things, but also open-minded and compassionate. But to also hold fast to their beliefs.

  4. Alicia

    These are all great things to teach our children! Being kind is the number one thing I want my kids to be!

  5. Claudia Krusch

    I always try to teach my son all of these. When they actually put them to use is when you realize what a blessing they are!

  6. Ann Bacciaglia

    These are all such important things to teach your kids. You have to teach by example.

  7. Kristi

    A great post. I have two middle schoolers and this has so many great things.. will share this with them though, just to remind.

  8. Kim @ What's That Smell?

    These are all great attributes to teach but my most favorite is to “be kind” because this world needs more kindness.

  9. Melissa

    These are all principles that kids should carry with them throughout their lives! Kindness and responsibility are two of the essentials that I know my kids will need to be successful as well as all the other qualities you mentioned! You covered all the bases in this post!

  10. Amy Desrosiers

    I would add one of these with regular soap to make the bathroom neater. I am not big of antibacterial gels.

  11. Aimee

    You can put regular soap in it as well! So handy!

  12. Sherry

    These are all things that are important to teach our children. I tell my kids, even after they have done something wrong, that I will always love them no matter what they do and that I will always be in their corner. I also tell them to not change who they are for anybody and to be honest and true to themselves.

  13. Robin Rue

    I always try to teach my kids all of these things. When they actually put them to use is when your heart melts just a little.

  14. Jeanette

    I want my kiddo to know all of these things well and take them to heart! I want him to be kind to others but strong enough to stand up for himself too.

  15. Reesa Lewandowski

    When you see your children being one of these attributes, it is so rewarding!!!

  16. Lisa Favre

    Love this post! I am eager to be a mom and I would definitely teach my kids what’s mentioned on this article.

  17. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    I want to teach my kids to be ALL of these. You covered all the “good human” bases.

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