Most children go to their parents for advice, and while not all advice is perfect, many things will stick with children for a long time. For this reason, it’s important for parents to pass on words of wisdom to their kids and now folks are sharing the some things all parents should share.
It all started when someone on Reddit posed the question "What's something every parent should tell their child?,” and folks were more than happy to chime in.
Words of wisdom include:
- "That it's OK to be straight, gay, bi, pan, cisgender, transgender, or gender-fluid. There is no wrong sexual or gender identity. Just be yourself."
- "Admitting that they can be wrong sometimes. Parents are humans and they make mistakes — kids need to see that."
- "Every parent should tell their child the proper terminology for their genitals. Vagina, penis, vulva, testicles — these are not dirty words."
- "That it's alright to make a mistake, as long as you can admit it and grow from it."
- "To be their own person, not who someone else wants them to be."
- "That it's OK to not want to give someone affection. I saw a post in which a mother taught her daughter to always say 'hello,' but that if she didn't want a hug or kiss on the cheek, she was never forced to do so."
- “To be kind. You never know what someone might be going through."
- "To speak up and say what's on their mind. So many kids are taught that it's rude to talk back to their parents that it sometimes robs them of the confidence to speak upanywhere."
- "Your mental illness is not a weakness."
- "How their bodies work — no, how theyreallywork. Periods, sex, poop, everything."
- "That it's OK to walk away from a fight. It doesn't make you less of a man, and walking away should always be the first resort. If you can't walk away, try to deescalate. Then use physical self-defense reasonably."
- "That the world isn't fair, so don't try to change what you can't — instead, worry about the things you can."
- "That masturbation is normal and natural — just please lock the door."
- "That growing up and being rich isn’t a good life goal — growing up and being happy is."