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I do not think that there is any advice that you can give right before your "baby" leaves that will do that much good. I think that by the time your child leaves your home, you will have influenced them in a lot of ways. The way that you have influenced them over the years is what will matter -- not what you say to them in the few days before they leave.
I hope that we are influencing our kids to be responsible and to be independent. If we can manage to accomplish that, it will be much more important than any last words of advice could ever be.
You're essentially talking about advice for a lifetime, since you mention before your baby "grows up". The list is endless in the ways a parent can and should teach and influence their children before they leave the home. I think one of the most ignored and overlooked ways a parent can help a child is to give them good financial modeling - show them how to handle money. Let them practice it. Give them an allowance. Require them to start saving a portion of their checks when they get a part time job. Teach them about credit, and car loans and sales. Most people tend to learn that the hard (and expensive) way, so it's a lasting and excellent gift to give a child a financial education while they still live with you.
I hope only to pass along the best advice given to me (by my father):
- When it comes to money, pay God first, yourself second, and others third.
- When it comes to investing, buy low, sell high.
- When it comes to getting married, don't rush. It is okay if you haven't met someone by the time you're 25.
- Be nice to strangers, you have nothing to lose.
- Stop worrying what other people think about you.
I would consider these the 5 best pieces of advice I've received.
One very important piece of advice that I would have for my children is that it is important to ALWAYS think before acting. Whenever one is faced with a difficult decision is always best to sleep on it. Sometimes decisions are made spur of the moment and this can lead to negative consequences.
In addition, I believe that is important to trust people but do not be too trusting. Being too trusting can lead to people taking advantage of you. It is always best to look out for yourself first.
Another piece of advice I have is never be afraid to call home, for anything. Even when my children are in their thirties they will still be my "babies." It is important to never forget family. Friends come and go but family will always be there for you.
1. Do not forget who you are and where you come from. I beleive this is an important lesson we need to teach our children.
2. Always look forward and do not look back...so if you failed it wont drag you back and affect your self steem, and if you succeeded it won't stop you there but rather keep moving forward.
3. Always make room in your life for your family becuse they are alwayes your back bone that will support you no matter what.
1) Live in the "now." Try to stay in the present rather than conjecturing and letting your mind wander off...
2) Always have respect for yourself, others, and the planet we live on.
3) Find out who you are and what makes you happy.
4) Never have regrets. View your experiences as avenues for further learning and growing.
5) Be kind to your friends and family.
6) Always do your best.
- I would advise them to love with all their heart and never hold back.
- I would tell them to save for a rainy day, but enjoy their life.
- I would tell them that honesty is best.
- I would tell them that to achieve in life you must work hard.
- I would explain the importance of an education and that it can never be taken away once it has been learned.
- I would tell them to never fear the unexplored.
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