Ask the Moms: What would you tell your kids…

…if you could only tell/teach them three things about life?
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. What are the most important things that I want to tell Lucas or teach him? What do I really want him to know about himself, about life, about the world?  This is a hard question because the liklhood that we would only be able to teach/tell our children three things is slim, (thank goodness!) but I think it’s important to know what these things our. Whatever things we can think of should be the sort of things that we’re teaching/telling our children on a daily basis in some way or another. 
So, what would you tell your child(ren)?
Last month I wrote this letter to Lucas telling him things like, ” Be fun. Be loving. Don’t buy a fancy car. Live simply.”
But, I’m actually having a hard time coming up with just three things. What are the most important things that I would want him to know? 
Gosh, that’s a hard one. 
I would want Lucas to know that he is very loved. That I love him more than the world, that his dad loves him, that his grandparents love him and that no mater what happens in life, you are loved. 

I want him to know that he should always do what he wants to do. Work hard at what your goals are in life, what your dreams are, don’t stop until you’ve reached them. Set high standards for yourself and succeed them. Follow your heart. Shoot for the moon and don’t stop there. Work hard and play harder. 
(okay that was more than 3 things, but whatever, they all sort-of go together!) 
I would tell him to be nice to people. Be a nice person. Love people. Do nice things for people. Be kind and caring to everyone.  
I’m breaking the rules here and adding a fourth one. I can’t believe I forgot this one-but thanks to the smart mamas around here, I am reminded that I would most definately want my child to know and teach him that the Lord is in his control of his life and has a perfect, perfect plan for him. That is so important! 
I asked my husband this question and the first three things that came to his mind were….
1. Girls are trouble
2. Work hard. Play hard. 
3. Love your neighbors as yourself. 
What about you? What would you tell your kids?

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

4 thoughts on “Ask the Moms: What would you tell your kids…

  1. 1. Follow God with everything you have. When you feel alone his is always there to comfort you and be with you.
    2. Family is important. After God you hold onto your family because they will lift you up when you're down and make the day run alot smoother.
    3. Be a Mother. A Stay-at-Home one at that. This world looks down upon stay at home moms so much but what people don't know is that it is the most rewarding job anyone could have. Have all the babies you want and don't let anyone tell you that you're having to many or that you can't afford them. God knows what you can handle and he won't give you more than that. So be a mother.

    Those are the things I would tell my daughter and any more daughters that I have after her. The third one would be changed for a boy. It would probably be along the same lines but for a father that works so his wife can stay home and take care of their babies.

  2. Tough choice. I am going to answer on the fly with no forethought on this, but here it is:

    1. Trust in the Lord and his plan for you. 1He knows you (and loves you) better than you know yourself. He will never lead you astray, and though there will be tough times ahead, it's easier to handle when you have his guidance.

    2. Working hard and serving others always pays off in the long run.

    3. Be happy with what you have and live within your means. There will always be someone with more money, or fancy things, but that should never matter to the person who can be happy with what they have.

    I cheated! I have to add a fourth!

    4. Learn to be happy for others. Life isn't a competition. Someone else's success isn't a threat to you and doesn't diminish you in anyway. Being genuinely happy for other people brings so much happiness into your own life.

  3. When BB turned one, I asked all friends and family to write him a letter of advice for him to open on his 16th birthday. In my letter, I spoke of a lot of things, but it boiled down to: 1) follow God; 2) I love you more than you can ever know; 3) I am so very glad that I have you.

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