The kitchen area at my work was flooded with bubbles recently.
They were everywhere, in every single nook and cranny. It was a giant mess that thankfully I didn’t have to clean up.
The cause of the bubbly disaster? A young coworker had put dish washing liquid in the dishwasher instead of dishwasher detergent.
As a mom, it made me realize that there are more life lessons I need to teach my kids than how to read, or live by the Golden Rule, for example.
Indeed, I present the following 10 life lessons I want my kids to learn:
- Hold the door open for the person behind you. Make eye contact with her/him and smile, too.
- Know that I love you and you did the right thing when the person you held the door open for does not say “Thank you”, look you in the eye, or smile.
- Insurance is a necessary evil. By prepared that you cannot possibly afford all the home/auto/life/renters/jewelry insurance that an insurance agent thinks you should purchase. That’s okay. Carefully consider what you need and can afford. Just do your best.
- I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: open yogurt and pudding cups AWAY from your body. That is, grab the tab or lid farthest from your body and peel it back towards yourself. This way when the yogurt or pudding inevitably flings out all over the place, it will fling out AWAY from you, not on you. Trust me on this one.
- When you get to the point in your life when you buy a car, be prepared that a car dealership will try and sell you 1,024 things besides the car. Like tire insurance or paint protection. This life lesson is kind of like the insurance one. Carefully consider what you need (probably none of it) and can afford (probably none of it). Just do your best.
- If you are old enough to buy a car, and no one buys cars anymore because everyone uses Uber, then remember that old people like your mom used to buy cars and be nice to the old people.
- Don’t pass gas in someone’s face, no matter if that person is your sibling and supposedly asked for it. Manners–and kindness–matter.
- This one’s for my daughter: wear nude colored undergarments beneath white shirts and white pants/shorts. Dark bras and panties show through, but so does white, which pops like a light bulb.
- Broccoli is good for you, but if you eat too much it could make you gassy.
- Always use your turn signal when driving. Never assume the other drivers can read your mind.
I’ll continue to ponder life’s greatest lessons and share them as I see fit.
Now what about you? What life lessons can you think of that your kids need to learn?