Things We Should Have Learned as Kids

Will your kids do the right thing when it counts? When you aren’t there and they are conflicted about whether to say yes or no?

This is exactly what I wondered last night when I realized that Kaia is now old enough to go to the park down the street with her girlfriends … alone.

I had visions of her friends offering her a puff on a cigarette or a pull of a joint … or worse.

So we talked.

We talked about how to know what to do and what not to do.

We talked about feeling into your body to know if something is right. And we agreed that if what you feel is a need to hide or a feeling of shame, it’s a signal not to do the thing.

And we talked about how to say no when you don’t want to do what you are being asked or told to do.

I told her that this is hard even for adults, but that it’s the most important part of the whole thing. The part that many of us are still struggling with as adults.

Imagine if we all had learned these things as kids.

If we knew how to feel into ourselves and determine right from wrong.

If we knew how to say not to what was not right for us.

Imagine what your business and your life would be like if you had learned these things as kids.

So teach them to your kids now and practice knowing them for yourself going forward.

1 Comment

  1. LeannaWednesday, June 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm 

    I remember when I was in High School and going to go to a party, my mom said that if I felt pressure to drink, I could just take a beer and nurse it if I didn't want to drink. No one would notice if I wasn't pounding them. Or, I could dump it out in the bathroom and fill the can back up with water. Or, I could just say “no thanks.”

    Thankfully, my parents drank Sam Adams beer so my taste buds were used to “good” beer. The thought of drinking a Bud Light did not appeal to me in the slightest!

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