As my three children age, I often think of my late father.  He passed away when I was 17, but, he always took time to teach me.  Whether it was with him in the workshop, or driving in the car…there are so many fond memories of the little nuggets he would share. Most are quite obvious, however, I try to continually instill these into my own children.

  • Hold the door, always
  • Pick up what you saw fall, even if you didn’t drop it
  • If you borrow something, return it in better condition than when you received it
  • Smile and make eye contact
  • Don’t take short cuts (except when driving)
  • Quit worrying about what you don’t have
  • Be thankful for what you do have, every day
  • Admit your mistakes
  • Accept the fact that you will make mistakes
  • Be accountable to things you do wrong
  • Trust your gut, both good and bad
  • Be a builder of people
  • Use please, thank you, and excuse me every day
  • Learn tact
  • Always be kind and never be a bully
  • Rinse the sink after you brush your teeth
  • Give credit where credit is due
  • Never, ever complain about your food (be glad you have some)
  • Eat everything on your plate
  • Your way is not the only way
  • Do good to someone else, every day
  • Offer your seat to others
  • Be amazed and complimentary at the talents of others, whatever they may be
  • Someone has to lose. Sometimes it will be you.  Don’t whine about it. Learn from it.
  • Always shovel both your neighbour’s sidewalks when you’re doing yours
  • If you’re baking, bake extra for a friend in need
  • Play to win, but play fair
  • Think before you act
  • Think before you speak
  • Tell others when you are proud of them
  • Take time to appreciate the little things
  • Journal
  • Never park in handicap spots unless it applies to you
  • Don’t take advantage of the kindness of others
  • Show loved ones support, even if what they are doing bores you to tears
  • A smart person learns from their mistakes, but a wise person learns from the smart one
  • Exercise your body and mind
  • Read
  • Never be afraid to say “I love you” to others (especially your parents and siblings)

I am sure they are many others.  What are some of the nuggets you were taught?  Or, are teaching, to your children?

4 Replies to “Things I Teach My Kids

  1. One of the things I remember most about your dad is his absolute delicious barbecued roast beef….I think part of the reason I became a chef was because I was searching to replicate his skill on the grill. Might not be quite what I have taught my daughter (she’s vegan) but the yearning for being better, for acknowledging others’ talents and trying to emulate them is still the same, whether it’s the perfect roast of beef, or perfect seitan.

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