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Trust Me: 10 Choices My Kids Will Regret in 10 Years

Photo credit: Meredith Carroll

Not getting your feet wet is a big mistake

A feature on the late Nelson Mandela on Sunday’s “60 Minutes” told of how he insisted to prison guards that political prisoners, such as himself, be treated with dignity.

“You better remember you are a prisoner,” said the general, who was “intent on putting Mandela in his place.”

“General,” Mandela replied, “you and I may be generals on the opposite side of this war. At some point, even if it is to accept the surrender from the other, we’ll have to meet. And how we treat each other now will determine how we interact at that moment.”

To me, it was a tremendous lesson in maturity, caution, respect and foresight. And it made me think of my young kids and all that I should be teaching them now to benefit them later.

A blog called Marc and Angel Hack Life posted about 10 choices you’ll regret in 10 years — choices that lead to the phrase “if only,” which they call “one of the saddest phrases in the English language.”

That lead me to 10 choices I think my kids will regret in 10 years — although, not if I can help it.

Here they are:

Photo credits: Meredith Carroll

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