I sometimes feel like a broken record trying to teach all the boys how to be civilized humans. With an age range from 4 to 14, on a daily basis I can be heard saying anything from “Don’t eat your boogers!” to “Don’t use the iTouch during school hours.”
I decided to start documenting all the lessons and advice I give in pictures. Why? Because creating fun projects with my pictures is one of my favorite things to do, and maybe the boys will actually enjoy the visual lesson images one day. Maybe the lessons I hope to teach the kids could be told in pictures? Maybe they need visual cues to help them internalize the words I say?
OK, realistically, the pictures will just be a fun way to make my seemingly constant advice less annoying to the boys. Either way, I’ll take it.
As you look at the pictures, see if you can relate with any of the advice I give. I would love to hear what advice you give!
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There are endless ways to entertain yourselves but blowing bubbles always is a smart bet. 1 of 10Extra health benefit- When you blow a bubble you slow down your breathing and take a deep breath. This is an instant stress reliever.
Never stop trying to reach your goals. 2 of 10Don't let failure or stumbling blocks stop you. When life gives you a punch, punch back twice as hard.
Daily life can gring you down and adults have a tendency to stop trying to have fun. 3 of 10You are never too old, or too cool, or too high minded to ride carnival rides. Always make time for fun in your life.
You will be told everything healthy is bad and vice versa. 4 of 10Take everything with a grain of salt. Most things you can use common sense to make decisions.
You will hit brick walls over and over again. 5 of 10You will hit these walls and be boxed in. Don't give up. Build your resources (community, wisdom, reputation) that will help you climb over those walls.
Sure, most cars are automatic, but still learn to drive a stick. 6 of 10Why? Because if you are in a pinch and have to drive a friend's car and then have to wimp out and admit you can't drive a stick, you may have your 'man card' revoked.
It’s always time to grow up, but growing up doesn’t have to be as hard as you imagine. 7 of 10Growing up doesn't mean you have to stop playing, exploring and creating.
Nothing says, 8 of 10Knowing how to fix things will also save your households tons of money over the years.
Work hard but remember to rest. 9 of 10The only way you will be able to keep your work life in balance is to (sometimes) force yourself to chill.
After a few years, married couples forget to take time to ‘date’ their spouse. 10 of 10Especially when the kids arrive, you need to work extra hard to keep your relationship with your spouse strong. It's worth it.
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