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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

What Should Parents Be Telling Their Kids?

Parents are always concerned about the future of their kids. And they would generally make all possible efforts to see them grow into adults who can live independently, comfortably and safely.

What should parents be telling their kids? Whatever the parents tell should provide the kids a practical framework to conduct their life affairs, especially when they grow up and after the parents are dead and gone.

Bill Graham so rightly said the following:

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; 
when health is lost, something is lost; 
when character is lost, all is lost.

The above statements look so simple but are so profound and so very powerful that they provide a practical framework to conduct life affairs.

Character means being, first and foremost, a good person. A good person would have good manners and would be fair in dealing with others.

Health means possessing both physical and mental well-being. Being healthy would allow a person to live a long and fulfilling life.

Wealth means being able to earn and accumulate enough money. Being wealthy would allow a person to be in a position to pay for living expenses as one passes through various stages of life.

So what should parents be telling their kids? Here are some points that if told (and more importantly if followed by kids) would certainly help:
  • Be a good person, first and foremost
  • Take care of health, both physical and mental
  • Study hard, learn as much as possible
  • Earn money, as much as possible
  • Learn household chores like cleaning, washing, cooking
  • Learn driving and swimming
The above list provides some important practical points that help in living a good life. They focus on the very basics of life that help kids grow into adults who can live independently, comfortably and safely!

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