a guide to life for my kids

These are the key life skills I'd like to teach my 6 wonderful kids (and anyone else who's interested):

Mindset

  1. Flexible mind
  2. Embrace discomfort
  3. Deal with anxiety
  4. Learn self compassion
  5. Learn contentment
  6. Limit possessions
  7. Have a daily gratitude session
  8. Have confidence that you're awesome
  9. Don't compare yourself to others
  10. All you need for happiness is within you
  11. Savor life
  12. Play
  13. Meditate

How to Change Habits

  1. Why change habits?
  2. How habits work
  3. Positive & negative feedback
  4. Changing normal gradually
  5. The habit change method

Health

  1. Eat whole foods
  2. Exercise almost daily
  3. Make your exercise social
  4. Consider a vegan diet, for reasons of compassion
  5. Limit sugar/flour
  6. Learn to cook, & cook meals at home
  7. Floss before bed

Relationships

  1. Build relationships
  2. Open your heart
  3. Let love be your rule
  4. Be trustworthy
  5. Deal with anger
  6. Coping with loss
  7. Learn how to meet people
  8. Meeting new people: be curious
  9. Surround yourself with positive friends
  10. Let go of jealousy

Work

  1. Love what you do
  2. Take pride in what you do
  3. Start your own business
  4. Limit how much you do
  5. Learn to beat procrastination
  6. Help others
  7. Become great at a skill you love
  8. Good writing is clear thinking
  9. Blog -- as a way to reflect, and share
  10. Failure is just a lesson

Finances

  1. Spend less than you earn
  2. Avoid/eliminate debt
  3. Save/invest automatically
  4. Pay bills immediately or automatically
  5. Don't put off taxes & accounting
  6. When you have kids, create a trust

Parenting

  1. Be there
  2. Teach, don't control
  3. Model the behavior you want them to learn
  4. Read to them regularly
  5. Love them without qualifications, unconditionally
  6. Be patient & compassionate
  7. Consider unschooling

I'll write/record the lessons in coming weeks.

main | bio | articles | books | logs