1. This is a great list. Something else that’s important is avoiding praise for “smarts” and instead, giving praise for effort. I was praised for being “smart” as a kid and I believe it gave me a somewhat fixed mindset through my schooling. College was harder than it ought to have been because of that. Carol Dweck’s book Mindset is a great resource for more info on growth/fixed mindset in kids.

  2. I love your point on demonstrating good manners! It’s so important to demonstrate the expected behavior and to provide gentle reminders on what’s expected (like introducing an adult by their formal name).

  3. Beautiful post! I agree 100%.

    Keeping them grounded and humble will ensure they have a happier and more meaningful life. 🙂

  4. This is such a great post, Megan! I love all of the valued you chose to write about, and especially the part at the end about how we are instilling values no matter what we’re doing, so we need to practice what we preach! I think the value I preach most often to my children is the value of hard work.

  5. Yes! All of these are so important. I find caring for animals really helps children learn these values. They learn dedication, compassion, responsibility, honesty and more. It shapes the adult they will become.

  6. These are great values to pass on or even to aspire to as an adult. Modeling is really key, I agree. My daughters asked me this morning if we could buy socks for homeless people. I thought that was precious. When I was a kid, my parents ran a free restaurant for women and children on the toughest street in Halifax. I volunteered there a lot as a kid and even took clowning courses to learn how to make balloon animals and do tricks (and dress up silly!) for the kids. It was so rewarding and I do want to pass it on. Thanks for sharing this!

  7. All so true and make a real difference. I was only having a chat with another parent this morning about the value of responsibility being instilled into our children, it has such a huge impact as they grow.

    1. Hi! Oh yes! I find many kids these days don’t have the same values that were a focus for us adults when we were kids. I know parenting has changed a lot over the years, but these values are SO important.

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