5 Useful Aphorisms for Children

If you aren’t familiar with aphorisms, then you may be missing out!  Especially since they can be found in literally every language. Something as simple as stating, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” It can be useful in shifting your perspective on any given aspect of life.

In parenting, just like many other areas of life a collection of good aphorisms of wisdom are a useful tool. Parenting is important, but the challenging role we take on. Yet, we shouldn’t miss a beat when curating a set of collective wisdom for our children to grow up hearing and putting into practice.

1. “Have fun, even if it’s not the same kind of fun everyone else is having.”
― C.S. Lewis

I’ve always gotten a kick out of the above video, Chad and Humble were having the best time just dancing with the music. Prior to the COVID – 19 pandemic, families had to struggle to find opportunities to kick back and have fun, but with most people having more time at home there is plenty of time to spare.

For us our outdoor times have been very limited, but what time we do get we strive to make as fun as possible. In the meantime, we have had to be creative with our time to entertain ourselves and each other so that no member of our family feels left out. So scheduling fun activities for family time has been at the top of our list and everyone gets the opportunity to pitch in ideas.

#2 The golden rule of parenting is to always show your children the kind of person you want them to be. Remember that children are impressionable. Elizabeth Roxas, Parenting Young Girls 

With this aphorism, we as parents are reminded that we are the best model of behavior for our children. There is no greater guiding force for a child than a family with a strong overall foundation.

Donte and I had been working on his footwork and countering for a few days during one of my visits with them prior to this sparring match. This video along with others of my children succeeding at things my wife and I  encourage and support them in is a reminder of the impact we make as parents.

#3 If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves. C.G. Jung

As parents it’s obvious we want to give our children the best example we can as their #1 role models Many of us strive hard to put our best foot forward each day so that our children (who are always watching) see the best examples of how to be consistent.

#4 “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl 

As this pandemic wears on, it definitely can wear down on you, money troubles, the challenges of homeschooling, and just the stress of our daily routines being scattered in the air suddenly and attempting to pull back a close to a normal routine can chip at most mentally tough of us. However, in the midst of all that; smile. When you smile your children and family members who are also feeling the stress of our current situations will also smile.

It can bring that warm, serene feeling that during the past few months seemed to be very elusive for everyone at the moment. So do yourself and everyone around you a favor… smile! 🙂

#5 “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts. ” – Albert Einstein 

Out of all the things I’m grateful for from my childhood is the opportunity to have big dreams unchallenged. My parents repeatedly reminded my siblings and me that we could do (or at least give it a good try) anything we put our minds too. I joined the Navy with the goal of being a Navy Seal, and while I didn’t make the cut; just having the freedom of putting my mind towards that lofty goal was a win in and of itself. One of the best things any parent can do for their child is to allow them to dream big, and support them for as long as that dream holds their interest.

Language is an important skill for our children to learn, and to teach our children the power of words is paramount!

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