I am a firm believer that in life, sometimes you win and sometimes you loose. And as tough as that may be sometimes, that is how it goes. We can’t always win. I don’t think we are doing our children any favours by sheltering them from this reality. Eventually, they are going to experience it, in school, in the workplace and in relationships. I am alright with putting less emphasis on it in the really young years and I by no means agree with screaming at your child to win, win win but I do think it’s a reality they need to deal with, loss or win.
Rule 1: Life is not fair, get used to it
Rule 2: The world does not care about your self esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will not make $60,000 a year right out of high school, you won’t be a vice president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not below your dignity. Your grand parents had a different word for burger flipping: They called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine from your mistakes learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way by paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winner and losers but life has not. In some schools, they have abolished falling grades and they’ll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to anything in real life
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is not real life, in real life people have to leave a coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds, chances are you’ll end up working for one.