My son graduated from high school this week. It’s so cliché…but…it seems like just yesterday he was graduating from Charlotte Montessori.
One of the gifts that he received is The Complete Life’s Little Instruction Book. There are 1560 pieces of advice in this little book. As I have been reading over them in the past couple of days, I am finding many that we are helping your children with at Charlotte Montessori.
- Have a firm handshake
- Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
- Keep a tight rein on your temper.
- Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
- Always have something beautiful in sight, even if it’s just a daisy in a jelly glass.
- Be a good loser.
- Be a good winner.
- Leave everything a little better than you found it.
- Be a self-starter.
- Be enthusiastic about the success of others.
- Be a leader: Remember the lead sled dog is the only one with a decent view.
- In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
- Memorize your favorite love poem.
- Spend some time alone.
- Be humble and polite, but don’t let anyone push you around.
- Remember that how you say somethings is as important as what you say.
- Never take what you cannot use.
- Whether it is life or a horse that throws you, get right back on.
- Don’t work for recognition, but do work worthy of recognition.
- Shoot a few hoops.
- When a friend is in need, help him without his having to ask.
- Never call anybody stupid, even if you’re kidding.
- Don’t use your teeth to open things.
- Remember that everyone has bad days.
- Work diligently.
I also came across many tidbits that were useful to us as parents….
- Resist telling people how something should be done. Instead, tell them what needs to be done. They will often surprise you with creative solutions.
- Cherish your children for what they are, not for what you’d like them to be.
- Never drive while holding a cup of hot coffee between your knees.
- Be as friendly to the janitor as you are to the chairman of the board.
- Cleanout a different drawer in your house every week.
- Give children toys that are powered by their imagination, not by batteries.
- Never buy a coffee table you can’t put your feet on.
- When no great harm will result, let your children do it their way, even if you know they are wrong. They will learn more from their mistakes than from their successes.
- If you borrow something more than twice, buy one for yourself.
And my piece of advice…enjoy every minute of your child…it goes by in a blink of an eye.