Tuesday, September 30, 2008

What do you want your children to learn?

Some good advice about not pampering your kids, and why someone makes her kid compete in Judo. Dr. De Mars says:

As an instructor, you cannot promise those experiences for every student. What you can promise is that all of those who make a commitment will gain in strength, courage, tolerance and perseverance. And that will last your child a whole lot longer than an American Girl doll or a Nintendo DS.

She then explains what she wants her daughter to learn:

  1. She learns that hard work is correlated to getting what you want

  2. She learns to deal with failure.

  3. I learn to deal with her failure. That is a lesson a lot of yuppie parents find hard to accept.

  4. She learns to overcome her fears.

Well worth clicking on the link and reading.

What do you want your children to learn, what do you tell them?

(I always told my kids that I wanted them to love others, tell the truth and work hard).