Five Things You Have To Teach Your Kids…Or Go To Jail

badA few days ago I asked my daughter had to sew a do-dad shiny thing on my shirt. All she had to do was a few quick loops and it would be done. When I put my shirt something was very very wrong. She actually sewed the front of the shirt to the back. I had to cut my way  out.

There are life skills you have to teach your kids or you should go to jail.

1.I preach the importance of teaching your kid to shake hands like a man all the time. So you know that.  If your child doesn’t know how to make eye contact and say, “nice to meet you” everyone will assume he’s a pathetic loser. Life is tough and judgmental like that.

2. Make sure you teach your children how to sew a button on a shirt. If they can do that, they’ll figure the rest out.

3. Teach your kids, boys and girls, how to throw a ball without looking like a dweeb.

4. You have to teach them to swim and ride a bike because once they get old it’s almost impossible to overcome the fear of drowning and falling. Kids are stupid and brave, they’ll do anything if you tell them they can.  They have faith in you and believe in magic so take care of bike riding and swimming before they are five.

5. And finally teach your kid how to use a knife and fork properly and how to set a table. The other day a 10th grade boy came to our house and we all sat staring,  stunned as he tried, unsuccessfully to cut his meat…and it wasn’t that tough. Finally he managed to cut a strip off then he just nibbled it off the fork. It was painful to watch.

There are some kids I don’t invite to go out to dinner with us because it’s embarrassing and they are too old to help.  They eat like animals because nobody took the time to teach them how to use a knife and fork.  They don’t have bad manners, they simply don’t have any manners at all. It’s sad and bizarre. Be a good parent, take the time, don’t loose your patience and teach your children the stuff they need to know. You can’t expect football coaches to teach them everything.

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5 Responses to “Five Things You Have To Teach Your Kids…Or Go To Jail”

  1. August 27th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Karen McDaniel says:

    Great blog, Diana! I agree with all of them, but struggle with number 3. I throw a ball like a dweeb, so it was quite a struggle trying to teach my kids/grandkids to throw on correctly. Guess my folks failed to teach me how to throw a ball, which is why I never succeeded at softball — that, and I was afraid I’d get hit by the ball. Had a very short career — one game, I think it was. My grandsons say someone should teach me how to throw a ball. :/ The only one who doesn’t care how badly I throw a ball is Joey, our Shih Tzu. He’ll fetch even a badly thrown ball! 😀

    Have a great day!

  2. August 28th, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    diana hampo says:

    I still struggle with throwing a ball. I look like a total putz, that’s why I’ve put it on my list!

  3. August 27th, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Mary Latham says:

    You know I can’t do two of those….

  4. August 29th, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Beau Williford says:

    Another very good blog! I have enjoyed them all and look forward to your next.

  5. August 29th, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    diana hampo says:

    Thank you Beau. I’m surprised you are reading.