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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?