32 Life Lessons That I Am Teaching My Toddler
As my son grows from being a baby to becoming a toddler, a new set of challenges is unearthed. Not only is he continuing to test the world around him but he is also being tested by the world around him.
I watch him trying to imagine exactly what it is he is thinking and wondering how he perceives each new discovery. The world is, of course, foreign to him and each day brings about new excitement, tribulation, and the life lessons that come with them.
I look at him with simple amazement as the things that I take for granted are of genuine fascination to him. I think of what it would be like to live in a world where the events, people, and day-to-day happenings are always fresh and new.
It seems amazing and doesn’t end there.
Even the things that he loves and what he has already figured out continue to astonish him. His world is the most amazing world in existence and I feel blessed to be a part of it.
In saying all of this, understand that his world isn’t without its ups and downs. Just like you and I, he sets himself out to do extraordinary things and occasionally comes up short. At times, he looks to decipher more than he can handle at his young age. As a father, it is my job to be there for him and to teach him how to overcome the obstacles that life has.
Be there I am. And teach things I do.
I’m very careful about the things I tell him because I know that every word that I utter and each syllable that I pronounce has a profound impact on the man that he will grow up to be. While I don’t aim to shield him from the realities of life, I do aim to prepare him for what lies ahead.
And I prepare him the only way that I know how…by passing onto him what I have learned in my short time on this planet.
In saying that, here are 32 Life Lessons That I Am Teaching My Toddler
- Be patient, nothing good ever comes quickly
- Take your time and appreciate the process and not just the result
- You can do it. Nobody will ever convince you that you can’t do something as long as you don’t believe it to be true.
- Use your words. Screaming and complaining won’t get you anywhere.
- Let me help you. “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” It’s an old African Proverb and a good one to remember.
Think differently. The world is filled with people who think the same way.
- Be yourself. Oscar Wilde said it best when he said, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
- Laugh over the things that go wrong. If you don’t, who will?
- It’s ok to step away right now. Nothing is ever final if you don’t allow it to be
- Don’t give up. Giving up leads to a life of average.
- Try harder. Be more than average, you deserve it.
- Mistakes are ok. They are the foundation upon which greatness is built.
- Frustration is ok. It can fuel you to better things if you don’t allow it to overtake your thoughts.
- Take a breath. Breathe deeply and refocus your energy on solving the problem.
- Talking through things helps. Working through problems them outside of your head can do wonders.
- Accidents happen, embrace them. Some of the best things in life are a result of accidents.
- Persistence pays off. The world rewards those who stick with it.
- Own up to your mistakes. You made them, live with them.
- Fix your mistakes. After owning up, be sure to correct them.
- Don’t blame others. This never works out.
- Plan ahead. It saves time later on.
- Believe in what you’re doing. Occasionally nobody else will.
- It’s ok to defy all the odds. Character is built by defying the odds.
- Don’t let me or anyone else tell you that you can’t do something. We’re all wrong.
- A round object does fit in a square hole. This just means cutting the hole bigger.
- Can I show you? It’s ok that you don’t know everything because neither do I.
Color outside of the lines. This is the only way the world is changed.
- Let me hold your hand. I’ll always be there when you fall.
- It’s ok to be angry. It’s just as important an emotion as happiness and sadness.
- Try it this way instead. Stepping outside of your comfort zone is everything.
- Say “Hi”. This is the one word that can change someone’s day.
This list is not meant to be all-encompassing, nor is it meant to be the quintessential list for life. No, these 32 Life Lessons That I Am Teaching My Toddler are meant to lay a foundation for his life that an explosion couldn’t move.
And you? Are you teaching your children similar things? If so, I’d love to hear them.
Cheers to your success,