How Will You Pass Down More Than Your Name?

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Have you ever thought about the legacy you are leaving your children? Have you ever thought about how the traditions you instill in them now will effect them as adults? Although we probably don’t think about it often, our actions now shape our children and the traditions and life lessons we show and teach along the way will write on the slate of our children’s lives and shape who they are as adults.

Growing up my Dad always set out to teach me to think for myself. He didn’t want to just teach me his own beliefs, but rather he wanted to teach me how to evaluate and come to my own conclusions about everything. He gave me a great gift, one that I plan on passing down to my own children.

This My Grandfather video tells the story of a grandson connecting with his family heritage and roots inspired by the lessons he learned from his Grandfather and how those lessons can be carried on through the rest of his life and the next generation. It’s a great example of how important it is to pass down our knowledge to the next generation, not just our name.

When my Dad raised me he did something profound. He not only instilled values and faith in me, but he also taught me the art of thinking. Now you may be thinking that “thinking” is just a natural thing and doesn’t need to be taught. I would disagree. I see all too often in kids today that they don’t know how to think. They don’t know how to evaluate a situation, weight the pros and cons and remove themselves from pressures around them in order to reach their own conclusion. It’s important that we teach our children how to come to a conclusion about something rather than teaching them what we think the conclusion is. This is a picture of me and my Dad when I was little!

My Dad had three girls and I was that dreaded middle child. 🙂

Now that I have four kids of my own, it leaves me evaluating what I want to pass on to them and how I want to keep good going. What will they remember about me once I’m gone? Not only do I want to pass on my favorite recipes, traditions handed down from generations prior and my love, but I also want to instill the ability to think for themsleves and make their own decisions based on their values and beliefs. I hope that once I’m gone they will look back and say that I gave them valuable skills for life.

I think everyone has a different life lesson or skill that they’d love to pass down to the next generation. We are all different and that is what makes the world go around. Learn more about how New York Life can help you and your family Keep Good Going.

What do you hope to pass on to your kids? How will you keep good going?

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  1. I hope to pass down the gift of generosity to my children. Even as a child, I have always been free-hearted, and I believe there is nothing more rewarding than helping others in need.
  2. Good question! I hope my children see in me a person who goes above and beyond in every aspect of life in hopes of a better future. I hope they will have a good work ethic, be kind and gentle human beings and love everyone.
  3. There's so much that I want to pass down that I fear they never will make it that far though. We spend so much time being busy vs actually taking the time to just slow down and be together.
  4. I hope to pass down good character. That means a need to develop a little more in myself!
  5. Wow, I really need to think about this but I know I want a great legacy that my son can follow.
  6. Hmmm, good question. I guess just the thought that I was a good parent and took care of my family when they needed me most.
  7. Look at you! I hope to pass down the importance of trust, love and loyalty.
  8. I'm really not sure what I'll leave behind for my kids. If nothing else, I hope they'll see me as someone that worked hard to fight through mental illness, and someone who loved them which they'll hopefully remember through all the photographs I'll leave behind for them.
  9. Shell Feis says:
    I hope to pass on my optimism & ability to see the silver lining. Life is too short to take it entirely seriously.
  10. My husband teaches my son how to "think", too. :) I hope I pass down the ability to find the good in others and to always have an open mind.
  11. I think about this all the time. I have so many wonderful childhood memories, and I want my son to have the same.
  12. I think as a blogger there will be plenty of words of wisdom for them to read. :)

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