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50 Life Lessons You Should Teach Your Kids


Lots of people are complaining that what kids are taught in schools will not be relevant in their adult lives. You may agree with that or disagree, that doesn’t matter. We all know that there are more important life lessons for kids. I found all this life lessons for kids on Quora, printed it out and now have it on my ‘Inspiration board’.

Life Lessons for Kids

1. Don’t dream your life, live your dreams.
2. Mistakes are your best friend. Aside from things like riding bulls or kissing cobras, never miss an opportunity where you can make a mistake. From mistakes we learn.
3. Care deeply about something.
4. Leave the world a better place than you found it.
5. Use your time, talents, and mind to help those around you. Even if you don’t have money, you can influence your world.
6. Be brave! Speak out and share your unique perspective. Make connections, innovate, and don’t be afraid of failure.
Life Lessons
7. Appreciate the small things in life.
8. Life is the journey, not the destination.
9. Never give up on a dream.
10. Take chances on new things.
11. Listen to your heart.
12. Every person you meet knows something that you don’t.
13. If you have a question, ask.
14. Be confident in yourself.
15. Never bow down if you are not wrong.
16. Help the Helpless.
17. Don’t be bothered with what others might think of you. Be your own person and stay true to what you believe and know to be true.
Life Lessons
18. You can never say “I love you” too often to the people who really matter to you.
19. No matter what be honest to the person you love.
20. If you have a dream – get on with it.
21. You will regret the things you don’t do more than the things you do.
22. You are responsible for what you do and how you handle life’s issues.
23. Admitting when you are wrong, when you don’t know, and apologizing are not signs of weakness, but of strong character.
Life Lessons
24. No one really has a clue to what is going on, everyone is just like you.. Figuring it out as they go along.
25. Happiness doesn’t come from perfection, perfection comes from happiness.
26. Being weird is something that should be celebrated. Embrace who you are.
27. Everyone has his own story. Never be quick to judge.
28. Mind your own business.
29. Surround yourself with people who let you grow.
30. Mean what you say. If what you’re about to say is mean, then don’t say anything at all.
31. People and places are a reflection of your perceptions – hate yourself and the world is hateful, love yourself and the world is wonderful.
32. Smile. A positive attitude will get you through most problems.
33. Don’t sweat the small stuff. A lot of life’s problems are not worth worrying about.
34. Words hit harder than a punch. Choose them wisely.
35. You can’t get to the top without climbing to it.
36. Above anything, be happy. If you aren’t happy, change something. Don’t think about it. Change it.
37. Spend more time listening than talking.
38. Making assumptions is the worst thing you can do to yourself and others around you.
39. Being a producer of content is much better than a consumer of content. Don’t just sit and read, watch, listen, play etc but do something. Write a paragraph. Create a tune.
40. The best things in life are free.
41. The only thing you take with you when you die are your experiences. Collect them. Nurture them. Cherish them.
42. You should be able to live with your choices, as well as the consequences.
43. It doesn’t matter how smart you are. If you don’t know how to work hard and rebound from disappointment, you won’t reach your potential. No matter what reality TV says, life isn’t just handed to you.
44. It’s okay to be different, and to appreciate differences in others and in ourselves.
45. You owe us nothing. You owe your own kids everything.
Life Lessons
46. Learn to think critically. Question. Be skeptical. This is how you become who you are, not a copy of those around you.
47. Learn how to fail. What to do when they fail. How to know when failure is the universe calling for another approach and when it is evidence that you should try something else entirely.
48. Find a job you enjoy and that gives you a reason to live.
49. Being in the moment is the only choice you have – be it a painful one, or a lighthearted one.
50. Eat healthy. Don’t smoke. Don’t drink too much. Get exercise. Take care of your teeth. Pay your bills on time. Reply to personal e-mails. Show up on time. Make time for your friends.

You might not be able to teach your kids all of the above life lessons for kids, but it’s our job to at least try!

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  • Reply Katie April 3, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Love this list! So many good points and great life advice!

  • Reply Channing C April 3, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    I love the ” leave the world better than you found it” mantra. A lot of people in our society have reached a point where they’re only concerned with what someone else can do for them and don’t really strive to help other people. It’s a really scary thing to think about.

  • Reply Derek April 3, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Living through abuse makes one more cautious about some of this advice.

    Reply to *personal* e-mails, *if* the person emailing you isn’t a toxic, controlling influence on your life.

  • Reply Elle C. Mayberry April 3, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    They are all wonderful lessons for our kids! I particularly like 46 and 47, for they are most challenging yet yield independent thinking, I think. If only we could download all 50 into us and our kids … but that would be too easy. =D

  • Reply Good Enuf Mommy April 3, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Great list and so many beautiful life lessons for kids! Love it!

  • Reply Crystal April 3, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Great list, though my kids would argue with me on the one about owing your their kids everything. because I remind them that there is a limit to what I owe them when they start acting entitled. Parents absolutely do not owe their kids EVERYTHING. Thank you for commenting on my blog! I have another post I hope you will read and not take offense to, I truly intend to help.

  • Reply Erica April 3, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    What a great list! We are working on it!

  • Reply Tegan April 4, 2015 at 2:29 am

    Great list! Although I have to disagree with the one about always be happy. I think it’s better to teach our kids that it’s ok to feel crappy sometimes, that happiness is just another feeling. Telling them to always be happy, puts so much pressure on them, pressure that can lead to guilt and them feeling that they can’t share and express what they are feeling.

  • Reply Kirsten April 4, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    I love this list and look forward to sharing it with my husband and kids. Working on all of these!

  • Reply Michelle April 4, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    This is a list for EVERYONE and I think it teaches adults more than kids! Yes, as parents it is our job to teach many of these to our children, but the best tool we have as a parent is to MODEL these to them. Actions speak louder than words. Linking up from My Favorite Things Saturday

  • Reply Lacey Charrene April 4, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    I love your list! It’s a great list, except for #11. That one is one of the biggest mistake people make Jeremiah 17:9. Really enjoyed your article a lot. I will be back to read more. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Émilie April 4, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    That’s a fantastic list!

  • Reply Amanda April 4, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    This is such a great and inspirational post. So many important things to teach, so little time…

  • Reply Jamie April 5, 2015 at 1:10 am

    What a great list! I would say what my favorite is…but I can’t choose because there are so many great ones!

  • Reply Amy @ Fearless Homemaker April 5, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    I love this list! So many great life lessons in there. =)

  • Reply Mary April 6, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Powerful list – this would make a great poster. I think I will print them out to post up for everyone in the house to read :).

  • Reply Katrina P April 6, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    What a great list of life lessons! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Hollie April 6, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Number one is the best. I’m not an idle dreamer- I plan and make them happen and I truly hope I can encourage my children to do the same.

  • Reply Mrs. AOK April 6, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    I love Love LOVE this list!! Pinned!
    You started off big and ended just as big, thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Julie April 6, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    I love these! What an amazing list of life lessons for kids to learn, but us adults to also remember.

  • Reply Brandyn Blaze April 6, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    I love this list!! These are all important lessons to instill in our children…and things we should remember for ourselves as parents, too!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #MommyMeetupMondays!

  • Reply Jules Ruud April 6, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    This list is amazing. Seriously think they should all be on motivational posters. Don’t be surprised if I start tagging you in my #MondayMotivation posts. Thank you for sharing this at #MommyMeetUpMondays.

  • Reply Holly April 7, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    This is a great list. Sometimes you forget all these when going through life.

  • Reply Catherine Holt April 7, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    What an awesome list. It is hard to pick out a favorite as I had so many. Love this way of thinking.

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  • Reply Mary Elizabeth Francisco April 7, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Awesome list! Thank you for sharing this. I don’t have kids yet, but I’ll definitely teach these things to my future babies! 🙂

  • Reply Chelsea April 7, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Wow, I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!! I can’t tell you how much I agree with it all. Especially the “follow your dreams” and appreciate simplicity. I pinned to my Parenting board!! Well done.

  • Reply Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl April 7, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    What awesome advice that is great for EVERYONE to learn… kids and adults, alike! 🙂

  • Reply Shelah April 7, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    This is a fabulous list. Our children will be very lucky if they enter adulthood with all these life lessons.

  • Reply Calee April 7, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    This is amazing! I am not a parent, yet, but I am going to try and practice each and every one of these life lessons so when it does become my time to be a parent, I can teach my kiddos by example.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Reply Brenda @Schooling a Monkey April 7, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    I love this list! So important for kids to learn.

  • Reply Tonya Marie April 7, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Great list! It’s definitely something to think about and start young! Thanks.

  • Reply Sarah Sofia Knepp April 7, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    What a great post with some wonderful ideas! We are so glad you came by and joined the Pretty Pintastic Party, where every post gets pinned! -Sarah, Sarah Sofia Productions

  • Reply Brittany Bergman April 8, 2015 at 2:47 am

    What a great list! I feel like these are life lessons I need to keep learning as well!

  • Reply Samantha Bender April 8, 2015 at 3:10 am

    So many great life lessons that I think are even valuable for people without kids. I’m 21 and I don’t have children, but I feel that these are so important for anyone!

  • Reply Jeba Qpt April 9, 2015 at 11:55 am

    really these are great tips. we must teach this to the kids.
    1st point is needed to everyone “we must not dream our life. we must live our dreams”

  • Reply Sharon Rowe April 12, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    WOW what a powerful list! Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness link party and for giving me something to think about! 🙂

  • Reply swathi April 13, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Great list, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning.

  • Reply Sarah Palmer April 13, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    What a great post. These are all important things to remember. I have 4 kids myself and want them to grow into happy and healthy adults. Thanks for reminding me. Pinning. Thanks for linking to Tips & Tricks. I can’t wait to see what you link up next. 🙂

  • Reply Talya April 14, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Love this! Thank you for sharing x


    • Reply Marina April 16, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks for visiting 🙂

  • Reply Lisa (mummascribbles) April 16, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    What a fab list of things to be taught. I think we as adults could take a lot from some of these as well as the littlest. thanks so much for linking up with #twinklytuesday

  • Reply Brady October 7, 2018 at 2:19 am

    Wow. I may be only 13 years old, but just first 10 already had made me reconsider a number of things I normally do. Thank You!

  • Reply Brady October 7, 2018 at 2:20 am

    Wow. I may be only 13 years old, but just the first 10 already had made me reconsider a number of things I normally do. Thank You!

  • Reply Sarah October 8, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    I love all of these list. They are so great and awesome

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