Do you remember what it was like to be a kid? I sure do! It’s a time in your life when you’re just starting to learn about the world around you and figure out who you are. As a parent, it’s important to teach your kids about some of the basic things they need to know. Whether your kids are 5 or 18, it’s never too late. Here are my top tips for teaching your kids about life!
10 Things Every 10+year-old Needs to Understand:
1. You Must have a Vision, but you must also put it into Action.
One piece of advice for kids I always give is that you have to dream, but you have to execute. A lot of people have big dreams and they never take any action.
They think about what could be, but they don’t do anything to make it happen. So my challenge for you is to not just dream but to execute your dreams.
Make a plan and take actionable steps to make your dreams a reality. It won’t happen overnight, but if you stay focused and consistent, you will get there.
Trust me, I’ve been there myself. If you want something badly enough, you have to be willing to put in the work and go after it with everything you’ve got. So dream big and then go make those dreams come true even at 10, 11, 12, 13, and beyond!
2. Patience! I would literally give up everything I have to be 15 years old.
When I was 15, I thought I had everything figured out. I was invincible and nothing could touch me. I would’ve done anything to stay in that moment, but alas, we all have to keep moving forward.
If I could go back and talk to my 15-year-old self, I would tell him not to give up on anything or anyone. There will be times when it feels like everything is falling apart, but don’t make the mistake of giving up too soon.
Instead, listen to your heart, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Patience is key, and things will work out in the end. Trust me.
3. Save money and learn.
There’s no need to spend money in order to learn from successful people. Just follow their advice and don’t spend unnecessarily.
You don’t need the latest gadgets or designer clothes – you can get by just fine without them. Instead, focus on learning from those who are where you want to be.
Read their books, listen to their podcasts, and watch their videos. You’ll learn a lot more that way, and it won’t cost you a dime. So don’t waste your money – save it and use it to invest in your future instead.
4. If somebody at your school is spending their time telling you that you’re stupid, you suck, you’re ugly… They’re in a terrible situation within themselves.
If someone at school is taking the time to tell you that you’re ugly, you suck, you’re stupid…
They’re in a very bad place. The hurt they must be feeling is immense, and they’re lashing out in an attempt to avoid feeling that pain.
It’s important not to get angry with them, as that will only make the situation worse. Instead, try to show them compassion. Let them know that you understand how hurt they must be feeling to treat another human this way.
If you can build a positive relationship with them, it may help them to start dealing with their hurt in a more constructive way.
5. Try as many things as possible until you figure out what you’re good at and what you like, Stop caring about what others think and do what you love for the rest of your life.
The one thing you should be doing every day is trying things until you find something you’re good at and that makes you happy.
Too many people go through life not caring about what they want or what will make them happy, and they end up doing things they don’t want to do and they don’t get happiness out of.
If you find something you’re good at and that makes you happy, stick with it and don’t let anyone else tell you what to do. You only have one life to live, so make the most of it and do what makes you happy.
6. Learn to love to lose, I love losing. Here’s why: I Appreciate the Experience of that Loss.
I never stopped to think about it, but I’ve realized that I actually love losing. Why? Because every time I lose, I appreciate the experience of that loss.
It reminds me that I’m never going to stop learning and that every failure is an opportunity to learn and grow. It takes courage to lose, and it’s only through making mistakes that we can ever hope to achieve success.
So next time you find yourself on the losing end, don’t be discouraged. Embrace the experience, and use it to make yourself better. You might just find that you loved losing all along.
7. If you think positively, wonderful things will come your way. If you concentrate on the negative, misery and disaster are sure to follow.
At ten years old, you’re still a youngster. You don’t have all the answers, and you don’t know everything about the world yet.
But one thing you can learn at this age is how to focus on the positive things in life, rather than the negative.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in drama and negativity, but if you don’t give your attention to those things, they won’t have as much power over you.
Instead, focus on the good things in your life, and don’t take them for granted. Be grateful for what you have, and let that attitude guide your actions.
You may not be wise beyond your years yet, but you can start making wise choices now that will positively impact your life for years to come.
8. Doing good for other people is a good strategy.
One of the best ways to make the world a better place is to do good for other people. It sounds simple, but it’s true.
Think about it: when you help others, they’re more likely to help others in turn. It’s a positive feedback loop that can have a profound impact on the world.
Of course, you don’t have to be a saint to make a difference. Even small acts of kindness can make someone’s day and plant the seeds of goodwill.
And it’s not just about making other people feel good; helping others can also be good for your own wellbeing.
9. You are living in the greatest era to be alive because you have the power of the world in your pocket.
In today’s world, you have the power of the entire world at your fingertips. You can be whoever you want to be, and do whatever you want to do. You can connect with anyone, anytime, anywhere.
You have the ability to create and consume content on a scale that was previously unimaginable. And best of all, you have the ability to make an impact on the world, unlike anything that has come before.
If you’re not taking advantage of these opportunities, you’re missing out on some of the best experiences life has to offer.
So my best advice is to get out there and start living your best life now. There’s never been a better time to be alive than right now. Carpe diem!
10. Stay True To Yourself Always
The hardest thing at this age is to be you and not let other people’s voices in your head factor into who you should be.
If I could wish all of you one thing besides health, I would wish you self-awareness. A lot of people think that self-awareness is hearing yourself think, but that’s not it.
True self-awareness is recognizing that every decision you make is a reflection of who you are and what you value in life. It’s about being honest with yourself about what you want and taking steps to make it happen.
It’s about having the courage to stand up for what you believe in, even when it’s unpopular. And it’s about being kind to yourself, even when you make mistakes.
Trust me, I know from experience that self-awareness is not always easy, but it’s worth the effort. After all, the only person whose opinion really matters is your own.
If you look around at the adults around you right now, 99% of them have no idea who they are and what they stand for because they have allowed the voices of society to tell them who they are. Self-Awareness will be your greatest tool in building a life you enjoy living!
It’s up to parenting to start helping our children develop into leaders the future of this world needs, to break the cycles, this world is vastly different than when we grew up and it is changing at a rapid pace. Continuing to recycle our children into the same burdens we were dealt, no longer is feasible.
Final Thoughts on Advice for kids:
I know it can be hard, but it starts with dreaming and then executing those dreams. Be patient – Rome wasn’t built in a day! But most importantly, save money and learn.
Use your time wisely and you can do anything you set your mind to. Lastly, when somebody is tearing you down at school, remember that they’re in a very bad place and the best way to deal with that is compassion.