Perfection is not required - But practice what you preach
Perfection is not required to teach values to children. If perfection was required, no one would qualify because all of us are human and by definition, imperfect.
However, it is imperative that you are a good role model and "practice what you preach". If you are not willing to adopt a specific Life Lesson yourself, our advice is to not present it and select other lessons for the child. If you present Life Lessons to the child and don't follow the advice yourself, the value of the entire process will be diminished.
Repeating messages helps communicate
In the examples provided on this web site you will see that some messages are repeated from one age group to another. In most cases this has been done because some things are so fundamental they cannot be said enough times. In other cases it is because each child needs different advice at different ages. We also suggest that you also should repeat messages to reinforce specific areas where the child may not be quick to change their behavior.
Separate delivery for brothers and sisters?
Delivering the Life Lessons to multiple children at the same time means that all children get the same message. If the children are substantially different ages, the message delivery will probably need to be separated. Also, if the children are competitive, it may be desirable to separate them. There are no doubt other good reasons for separating multiple children for individual Life Lessons.
Many other ways to communicate Life Lessons
"Cards" are not the only way that the Life Lesson can be delivered. For example, you might use a calendar, showing all of the days you will be on vacation, with a different Life Lesson on the calendar for each day. As another example, the message could be written in a conspicuous place somewhere in your home. Alternatively they could be wrapped as a gift. Again, there are many alternatives...
Everyone can help
While the primary advice for most children should come from parents, anyone in a position of authority/leadership can use these techniques to help shape young lives.
Is there a child in your life? Can they use your advice?
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