Posted by: The Grrl In the Moon | May 13, 2010

How to be a Great Caregiver in 10 Points

A List, How to become a Caregiver Extraordinaire

Ok, as a mom, with caregiver friends, or interacting with soon to be caregivers, I find there is a lot of apprehension. And that my friends, is natural.

We are constantly told how to raise our children, either you do it this way or don’t do it this way. I decided a general list on how to raise your kids, but remember this is my idea of what parenthood is, please tweak this for your and your child’s benefit.

My top ten list to raise a child to love.

Teach your child to learn and love it

Teach your child that respect is earned, but that if not earned it is still given, if in face alone

Teach your child appreciation for the world, and life around them

Teach them that sometimes you are not going to like everyone and vice versa, and that’s ok, but that it is not ok to make to make anyone feel bad because of your dislike.

Teach them that beauty is within us all, and it is not up to media, or friends to tell us how to feel about ourselves.

Teach them that hard work doesn’t always pay off, but a job well done always feels good.

Teach them that their body is their own, no one has a right to it unless permission is given.

Teach them you will listen to their problems, with an open ear, and give advice, but that they need to make the final decision.

Teach them to think for themselves

Teach them acceptance, not tolerance for all people

So your saying, great list, I agree with a lot of it, but how do I teach them all this?

By Example

They learn to talk, by listening to you, they learn to walk by watching you.

Now I’m going to leave this here for now, yes these are intangibles, and if interested, or inclined I may make a tangible top ten.

I am not specifically religious, but I am going to leave you with a quote from Kahlil Gibran, because I believe it.

“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.”

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