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Advice I Should Have Given My Kids

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A little hard earned wisdom from a great grandfather who loves all kids, not just my own.

A little hard earned wisdom from a great grandfather who loves all kids, not just my own.


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  • 1. Advice I Should HaveGiven My KidsBy: Will RobertsonFather of 5, Uncle to the rest
  • 2. Introduction• Once you are a parent all kids are your kids• Kids don’t come with owner’s manuals,therefore raising your kids is called “on thejob training”• By the time parents learn how to raise theirkids, their kids have become parents• This is the reason why Grandparents live aslong as they doAdvice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 3. Now that you arehere, be a kid.Laugh, play, besilly and have fun!Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 4. Learn how to readbefore you enterschool, not threeyears after that.It’s a window to theworld.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 5. Do not be overlyconcerned abouthow you look toothers. Manysecretly want tolook like you.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 6. Learn to swim, ridea bike, skate, hikeand camp out withyour family.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 7. Ask someone toexplain the day andnight, the clouds, thesun and the stars.Go to the zoo oraquarium and learnabout other animals.Earth is home to all ofus.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 8. Learn manners.It helps define youand opens manydoors for you as yougrow up.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 9. Boys, learn torespect and protectgirls and laterwomen.Never abuse them inany way.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 10. Girls, learn how tobehave in thecompany of boysand later men;especially when theyshow you therespect and dignityyou deserve.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 11. As you enter highschool do so with agood self-esteem.It’s more than asocial contest whereyou must changewho you are to beaccepted by others.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 12. Learn music.Music is theuniversal languageof the human race.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 13. Learn to avoidprejudice andjudgment. You can’treach your highestachievements if youlabel others whoseculture you do notunderstand.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 14. As you enter schoolsof higher learningregard it as study foryour career, not justa social club forparties, drugs,drinking or easy sex,thinking it will allwork out.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 15. Learn to acceptresponsibility for yourchoices and actions.Every decision youmake is a permanentturn on your road oflife.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 16. Learn right fromwrong and do notdepend on laws toregulate morality.Cheating, stealing,lying or harmingothers permanentlydiminishes who youare.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 17. Become part of yourcommunity solution,not just a bystanderwondering what’sgoing on.Choose your leadersfrom a base ofknowledge, not arush of emotion.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 18. Know that nations actin ways individualsmight never consider.Do not think thecrowd is always right.Seek your ownknowledge beforeyou side with anyimportant decision.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 19. Seek peace in allmatters of humanendeavor but do notwithdraw fromprotecting your family,your community oryour freedom.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 20. FOCUS.Do not allow yourselfto be constantlydistracted, pulling youoff course and awayfrom your goals.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 21. Relax now and then.Hard work is only avirtue in a balancedlife.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 22. Money is choice andchoice is freedom.Learn about it. Save it.Start with your firstpaycheck and neverstop.You will wake up oneday unable to work orready to retire and youwill need that money.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 23. Turn off the TV.Especially keep itaway from your kidsunless you don’t careabout the permanentmind programming itprovides.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 24. Care about thehuman condition.Know about yourplanet family, not justyour neighbors. Smallacts of kindness maybe all they get thatday.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 25. When your kids comealong enlist the care,advice, guidance,leadership and loveyour elders bring to thecelebration.You do not know whatthey know and you willnot until you reach theirage.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 26. Pay attention to yourkids; what they do,where they go, whothey hang out with.Set aside time forthem, not just forworking two jobs topay for your house,your car or yourshoes.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 27. Pay your way in lifewhen you are able.Do not expect societyto continually providefor you if you don’t doit for yourself.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 28. Avoid personal debt asmuch as you possiblycan. It can be toxic.Never use debt to buyanything thatdepreciates.Debt is a choice thatcan rob you of yourmoney and eventuallyyour dignity.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 29. Do not be a victim.You are not yourcircumstances whenyou have choices.When you face hardtimes stand tall andbecome your ownleader.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 30. Take personalresponsibility for yourhealth. Without itnothing else matters.Exercise and staymentally fit. Do notexpect Doctors orpills to be responsiblefor your quality of life.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 31. In business matterstrust is everything.Seek the advice andguidance ofprofessionals but donot ignore yourinstinct.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 32. As you mature jointhose you grew upwith in a spirit ofmutual support andhappiness, not acompetition to stayyoung.Advice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 33. Finally…Take off the mask nowand then. Be yourself.When it comes rightdown to it, nobody reallycares about your car,your shoes or your zipcode. If you think they dothen go back to slide # 1.Love, DadAdvice I Should Have Given My Kids © 2013 by Will Robertson
  • 34. Hope you enjoyed itAbout the copyright… some photo images aremine. Others were found on the Internet and arenot mine. The text is 100% mine and 90% of thatis based on personal experience. I think weparents will never know what the other 10% is orcould be.