March 16, 2008

Five Things You Want Your Kids to Know

I was tagged on a meme by A Very Open Book. The meme is simple in concept. Five thing you want your kids to know. Simple right?

Well, it turns out, choosing just five things you want your kids to know is not as easy as it seems. If I only have five things they should know, should it be something that will keep them from being beat up, like, “Don’t wear plaid with stripes” or should it be more useful over the long haul, like “always check your eggs before buying them”? Perhaps it should be something that could save them embarrassment, like, “Never turn down a mint if offered.” Or maybe they should know the pythagorean theorem – that thing has gotta be useful for someone, right? You see? The possibilities are endless.

Nevertheless, I had to narrow them down. And if you ask me this question a week from now, I’d probably give five different answers but these are my answers today.

1) I want them to know that they can do anything they put their mind to. I want them to know, in their heart, that they can make their greatest desires come true if they are willing to go after it with all of their heart.

2) I want them to know the feeling of giving joy to those less fortunate. Knowing the look of appreciation and relief in someone’s eyes when you make their life just a little bit easier.

3) I want them to know love. I want them to know what kind of love they deserve and settle for nothing else. I want them to find someone that they know, in their hearts, will love them unconditionally forever.

4) I want them to know that they will always have each other. I envy the bond that they have already because they’ve known each other their entire lives. I want them to absolutely know that they will always be there to support each other and love each other.

5) Finally, I want them to know how much their father loves them. I cannot put into a few words how much I love them and my greatest desire is that when my children are older that they will know, without a doubt, that their father loves them with every fiber of his being.


  1. Those are great! I especially like #4, my dad always used to tell my sis and I “No matter what you two will always be sisters and will always have each other.” That’s exactly what I think about Da’Gorgeouses.

    Comment by Mam├íChanga — March 16, 2008 @ 10:33 pm

  2. …and that after 50, buying green bananas is a the sign of an optimist.

    Comment by Grandmother — March 16, 2008 @ 10:49 pm

  3. Those are 5 really good things to teach them. I also like the “never turn down a mint” lol…

    Comment by Tanya — March 17, 2008 @ 3:46 am

  4. Simply wonderful. Thank you so much for answering my tag.

    Comment by judy Kollmorgen — March 17, 2008 @ 4:19 am

  5. There you go making me cry again! Your five things are absolutely wonderful.

    Comment by Andi — March 17, 2008 @ 10:32 am

  6. Never lose touch with your family. There’s nothing worse than turning around and realizing everyone has moved on.

    Comment by Bill Beck — March 17, 2008 @ 10:45 am

  7. I think you express #5 perfectly each time you post. :)

    Comment by Deanna — March 17, 2008 @ 1:32 pm

  8. Just wanted to let you know that I posted my five. Though not nearly as eloquent as yours (ok I am a spaz) there might be some worth in what I bring to the table. Check it out.

    Comment by judy Kollmorgen — March 17, 2008 @ 5:38 pm

  9. what i love about you and your writing is that these five things are already instilled in your children because of who you are and how you live your life with them. tim and i were just marveling that out first year is coming to a close and that we are parents, the parents that we wanted to be. it is a joy to read here. thanks.

    Comment by mamie — March 17, 2008 @ 8:00 pm

  10. I couldn’t have said this any better myself.


    Comment by Redneck Mommy — March 18, 2008 @ 8:40 am

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