February 21st, 2010

walk away, child

Teach Your Children Well

[personal profile] wild_irises and I were recently talking about ways to deal with everyday frustrations and mishaps. I'm usually laid-back about such things; it's one of the best things I learned from my mother and her family. My grandmother once said, "We can turn anything into a picnic," and that's true. (The occasion was my great-grandmother's funeral.) Having a book to read in a long line, or turning getting lost into an adventure, is a basic life skill to me.

[personal profile] wild_irises said that she thought that ability to surf the moment was one of the most important things to teach a child. And that got me thinking. What skills and attitudes are most important? What lessons do you wish you could teach everybody?

So what do you think is the most important thing to teach your kids? What if it can't be taught?