Post # 1
Not necessarily when they are a baby, but just curious what types of things you think are important to teach them.
Here are a few of mine to get it started:
drive a stick, read a map, swim, ski, change a tire, check oil…
thats all I can think of right now!
Post # 4
How to swim, rollerblade, ice skate, climb trees.
How to paint a wall, caulk, mow the lawn, use power tools (totally applies to girls too).
The proper way of using money and managing finances.
And to use their manners, be good people, tie their shoes, and all that other awesome stuff. 🙂
Post # 5
@Minutiae – absolutely – we are having a girl and will teach her the same things we would teach a boy…just like I would teach my son to cook and do laundry!
Post # 6
Dial 911 in an emergency
Speak more than one language
Be compassionate towards people with disabilities (pet peeve when I see/hear it)
Post # 7
Our daughter will learn to manage money, change a tire, ski, tele-ski, snowboard, speak Spanish, and to never ever *need* to rely on anyone, but also how to have a good relationship.
Post # 8
Some things that come to mind are:
Junk food is okay in moderation
Everyone’s different, and you have to respect that
You’re not the only one in the entire world – Be helpful to others when you can
And I definitely plan on saying stupid things like, “When I was a girl, I had to go to the library and use an Encyclopedia!” if my kids gets upset about not being able to find something online 🙂
Post # 9
Oh boy! I work as a nanny and have babysat for many different families I definitely know a few things I MUST teach my children.
1. How to clean up after yourself!!! Children as young as two can put there dirty dishes into the kitchen, there trash in the garbage can, and clean up there toys. Sure it might be easier and more time efficient for you to do it for them, but it’s sooo important you make cleaning a normal every day thing, or they’ll really fight you on it when they’re older.
2. I agree with others, if I have girls I want them to be able to do the stereotypical ‘guy chores’ and vice-versa. I just learned how to check my oil the other day and I have no clue how to change a tire!
3. Manners! I know some people have hold-ups about telling there kids what to say, but I sure don’t! If you don’t teach them who will?
4. I want to also teach them the importance of not being wasteful, economically and enviromentally.
5. Good study habbits.
That’s all that comes to mind, but who knows by the end of my work day I may have more to add lol
Post # 10
To enjoy reading! Also to be open-minded and polite.
Post # 11
to ski, to be independent, to be thoughtful of others, to be who they are, to pursue interests outside of school, to be financially smart, to work hard for what they want….
Post # 12
Manners (FI and I were both sent to etiquette classes growing up, lol), the love of reading, how to build your own tree house/play house (means learning about building, too–my dad was a contractor and we definitely did this), time management, about finances, and yes, we’ll have the sex talk at some point that is appropriate but not too late (14 is a little too late, for example).
Post # 13
I want them to know how loved they are so that they can love themselves. However,”in my day, we didn’t have self-esteem; we had self respect and only as much of it as we earned.” — Jane Haddam
To be respectful of themselves and others.
Music and/or sports of their choosing.
Definitely agree with heathaah on reading.
Self reliance such as cooking/changing tires/cleaning up after themselves.
lol Miss Chapstick, I already say “back in my day” haha
Post # 14
That technology / television isn’t a God. To appreciate nature and humanity. I want my children to love sidewalk chalk, bff’s, jumpropes, and their bikes more than Dora and Spongebob.
To be kind and respectfu. Full of life, imagination, and fun. Environmentally aware, healthy, and active.
I want my children to recognize the local flora and fauna. To garden and cook. To draw paint and write without self awareness and shame.
Post # 15
One of the most important things I will teach my children is about God/Religion and morals.
Post # 16
Save/manage/make money! My parents were horrible at it, I’m horrible at it… I want them to have a better life with better controlled finances.
Oh, and to chew with their mouths shut. Baffles me that some people weren’t taught to do so.