DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #97

Dear Granddaddy, how do I teach my children to become wise? Lois

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Well, Lois, let’s start with a fun one by exposing them quotes. Quotes have an abundance of the wisdom of sages down through the ages. But don’t stop there with just having your children read a quote a day. Create a daily ritual by reading those quotes together and then talking about them, too.

Another great way, or maybe even a wise way of helping our kids gain wisdom, is for us to spend as much time talking with our kids as possible. Come on, we parents must be wiser than their friends, right? We’re wiser than their classmates, too, correct? And we’re also wiser than their teammates. So if we want our kids to become wiser, then it only makes sense for them to talk to wiser people like us, their parents, right? Now that sounds like a wise thing to do, doesn’t it?

Furthermore, Lois, if we want our kids to be wiser, then we’re also going to have to let them experience the real world. We can’t shelter them too much. Now I’m not saying to send them out in that great big world unprotected with no guidance. We should always be our children’s guiding force. But at the same time, we have to let them experience some of the world.

And experiencing that world also means letting them fail from time to time. We all tend to ponder a lot more when we fail and party a lot more when we succeed. Now being the wise woman that I know you are, Lois, which behavior do you think will help increase your children’s wisdom, the pondering from failure? Or the partying from succeeding?

That’s right, Lois. It’s a no-brainer. Our kids have to fail every once in a while so they can learn life’s lessons. And with us patiently in the wings supporting them, they’ll pick themselves up quicker, and wise up to the ways of the world quicker, too. And what is wisdom but a better understanding of the ways of the world?

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