For my first official post I thought I’d share an idea my wife and I have used to impart timeless wisdom to our 4 boys.
Let’s face it, raising great kids takes guts! Doing so requires a careful balance between direct control / guidance (when it is absolutely required) and providing indirect guidance / letting them figure things out on their own.
Having mom or dad say something that we hope will be useful in guiding our child(ren) can often (at least seemingly) go in one ear and out the other. Don’t despair. A lot truly does stick. You’ll notice this when your child (eventually, as they get older) mentions, “you were right.” Yes, this does REALLY happen!
One thing we have done to reinforce solid life principles with our boys, in an indirect way, is to post what I’ve called “Wisdom Quotes” on our fridge. These are quotes that I’ve come across that have provided me a particularly useful and timely “shot in the arm” and inspiration for the day.
Over time I’ll collect a handful of quotes, print them out and post them on the fridge. After 4-6 weeks I’ll rinse and repeat (post another set of quotes). We’ve been doing this for quite some time. And, we are most definitely observing the result that this (and other things we are doing, to be shared later) is having on our boys!
I’ve shared “some” of my favorite quotes on our “Favorite Quotes” page. Check them out and see if any could work for you (and your kids).
A quote that is apropos for this post is:
“You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind.” ~ Zig Zigler
Let me know what you think and / or feel free to share useful ideas you’ve used to impart timeless wisdom to your kids (without them looking at you like you had 2 heads 🙂 ).
Enjoy the day!