“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”Dr. Seuss
Advice For Kids
As my kids enter the teenage years and they start to carve out their own paths in the world I offer this advice. Really this advice can be applied to those of us well passed the teenager years.
- Attend class. Take copious notes. If the teacher talks about it, it will be on the final exam.
- Sit in row 1 or 2. Perception matters. Sitting up close tells the teacher you care.
- Doodle often. It’s your brain on auto drive. You never know where it will take you.
- Do your homework. The stress of telling your teacher you didn’t do it isn’t worth it.
- Admit your mistakes. Don’t lie. Take your punishment. And move on. The mistake won’t hurt you . The cover up will. Flawed, vulnerable people are likable. Liars aren’t.
- Stand up for your friends. They will always remember and be there for you.
- Stand up for your not yet friends. They will become your friends and maybe even your best friends.
- Read a from book ( a real book with actual pages) that you choose for fun.
- Pay attention is art class. It’s the one subject you’ll use no matter what you do in life.
- Play a sport. What you don’t learn in art class you’ll pick up on the field.
- Somehow, someway, exercise every day.
- Participate in a study abroad program for at least one semester.
- Do what you love. Then master it so you can do it much better than anyone else you know.
- Tryout for a school play an academic team, submit an article to the school paper and expect to be rejected. Rejection is the muscle that will power your future success.
- Learn to speak and write clearly, concisely and most importantly, with passion. Never forget to shut up and listen.
- Before you go to bed write down the highlights of your day. The good, the bad and the ugly and how they made you feel. Then you can clear your mind for a good nights sleep.
- Never hold a grudge it just wastes a lot of time and energy.
- Realize not everyone is going like you and that is OKAY. Just focus on the the people that you like to be around and you will be just fine.
Advice for kids – As you get older take every chance you can to travel the world. Experience what it is like to live in other cultures, engage with a different way of life and see what the world looks like beyond your circle. Traveling will force you out of your comfort zone, alter your perspective on things and challenge your deepest beliefs.