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If You Could Reason With Your Kids What Advice Would You Give Them?

Kids are great and most of the time they are funny. In fact, very funny! There are times that I would love for them to listen a little more and allow me to reason with them but I guess my parents said the same thing about me and my sisters.

If my kids would listen here are a few things I would say based on my experience:

Justin: You are so smart and in a lot of ways like me—not only in looks, but interests and in school. Meaning, you will be very inquisitive, enjoy math but not pay much attention in English and probably not be the greatest speller in your class. You need to slow down and not rush through every test. There is no award for finishing a test first. I guarantee your speed is getting in the way of correct answers. When I was young I would talk a lot in class to my friends. Guess what? you are doing the same thing. There is a time to connect with your friends and a time to really pay attention to the teacher. It took me long time to understand that and I hope you are smarter than I was.

Riley: There is more to life than worrying about who is sitting in the front seat. You have an amazing personality and a million dollar smile. At times you can get frustrated like I did when I was your age. You need to channel that a little bit and don’t sweat the small stuff.  When I was younger I was the same way. It had to be my way. You are very smart and likeable but need to learn that everything doesn’t always go your way and to be ok when it doesn’t. This is a lesson I did learn when I was older. I hope you are smarter than I was and learn it much quicker.

Morgan: Wow, beautiful sweet Morgan. When you are good, you are great. When you aren’t, well let’s just say you could get an Olympic medal for that behavior. You have a very strong personality. At times, it is too strong. As you get older that might be a turn off to people. When I was your age I would fight with my sisters. In fact, during one fight I actually broke one of my sister’s fingers. I learned later in life how important siblings are and how ridiculous it was to fight with them all the time. I hope you are smarter than I was and learn that lesson sooner than I did

Now your turn:

  • What advice would you give to your kids?
  • At what age do they really start to listen?

I look forward to reading your comments.

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