There are many days when I think about how little time I have left with teenagers at home. When my kids were younger and I was home with them, some days felt as if they went on forever. Now, with college letters arriving daily in our mailbox, I am feeling as if I’ve got to make sure they understand the basic parameters for making good decisions, while they’re still at home. When these feelings hit me, I make a list.
I love a good list and these 13 tips would be the take-always I want my kids to have when they go off into the world. I say these to my teenagers often and they’re helpful for “living your best life” (or so I think!) but many times, I need these reminders, too. They can be applied to life, marriage, and parenting.
For myself, these are always a good check-in on the best way to handle a situation.
Living Your Best Life Tips
1. It’s always better to wait.
2. Do not make decisions when you’re angry.
3. Use half the resources and double your joy.
4. Talking is better than texting.
5. Learn to cook, clean, and put things away.
6. Honor your commitments.
7. Save for a rainy day – both time and money.
8. If you start sentences with “I’m going to regret saying this,” you will.
9. Use your manners. Please, thank you, and a hand written note will get you far in life.
10. Don’t be ugly with your words or actions.
11. Pretend like your grandmother is going to read everything (email, text, snail-mail, tweet, status update) you send. (Yes, Mom, I say that meaning YOU!)
12. Eat less, exercise more, and only eat real food.
13. Tell the people you love, “I love you” every day.
There’s no shortage of lists at our house but when I think about what I want my kids to remember when they go off into the world, these 13 “Live Your Best Life Tips” would be on the “To Do List” for doing everyday.
What would add to this list?
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I thought this was an excellent article by Mari Jane Williams of The Washington Post “Life Skills All Teens Should Know.” It’s what teens should know beyond the academic basics to be prepared in life. I had both my kids read it, too, and yes they already know all of it – or so they told me!