Parenting Tips

Friday, August 18, 2006

Learning Never Ends

Below are some wise tips from a 70 year old:

  • No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
  • One can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles 3 things - a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.
  • Regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.
  • Making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'.
  • Life sometimes gives you a second chance.
  • One should not go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back.
  • Whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
  • Even when I have pains, I do not have to be one.
  • Every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug or just a friendly pat on the back.
  • People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

On top of all these, she is still learning. Bravo to her!

So parents, no matter which age you are at, learning is a never ending journey. I have the following to share.

Tips on learning

  • Learn with your kids. You may not always be right.
  • Try putting yourself in the other person's shoes and see a different view.
  • Constantly upgrade yourself, be it computer skills, negotiating skills, others ...
  • Have a open mind for critiques and feedback. There is always room for improvement.
  • Treat your parents well. Children have eyes to see and will follow suit.
  • Learn to spare some time to listen to your spouse/kids. They will appreciate.
  • Adopt a positive attitude. It will make learning process simpler.
  • Finally, it is never too old to start.

In Singapore, the working environment is very competitive. Hence, it is important to upgrade oneself, be it degrees or soft skills.



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