I agree with a lot of the above.
*Thorough sex education and the availability of contraception. If offered in a comprehensive way through the local school, be first in line to sign my child up!
*Teaching them to be smart; to recognise junk science, bias and questionable sources. Teaching them that all are created equal – showing this through gender roles in the home (or lack thereof)
*Teach them to have respect and compassion for everyone, even if they are not like us. Our parents have different beliefs to us, and each other. We want to teach our children that it’s ok to question, and to choose the belief system that is right for them, but not to use it as a place to oppress others from.
*Teach them about how priveleged they are (which, when we are likely to have kids, will still be on a lower income than average). Teach them that a lot of people have a lot less, either materially, or through circumstances. Teach them that not everybody start at the same place in life, and to consider this.
*Teach them the value of education.
*Teach them about the world. They will be dual citizens (NZ/USA). Spend time between both coutries, and others as we can afford it (we intend to have babies whilst Mr. Farawayviolet is in grad. school, so are hoping for a significant income jump when the children are about 1 & 3). We intend to raise them are fully American and fully Kiwi, and not hold one country above the other. We also want them to embrace the concept of citizens of the world. As future voters in both countries, I intend to raise them to critically evaluate both countries through the lens of the other – to recognise when misinformation is spread.
*Teach them that it’s ok to laugh, and giggle, and be silly!
*Teach them to work hard and that they can succeed. Teach them that when they do, it is inexcusable to then turn around and push down the people who haven’t yet reached where they are at. Tell them to also enjoy the journey.
*Teach them to be smart with money, but not too smart – it is ok to spend and enjoy, but be wise!
ETA (after re reading everyone elses replies): Integrity = YES, Celebrations that are magical = YES!