Family photo 2013

Family photo 2013

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

10 Pieces of Advice

Inspired by Thomas Jefferson's 10 pieces of advice written for his grandson, as a writing prompt the kids wrote advice they would offer their loved ones.

Jefferson's:
1) Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
2) Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
3) Never spend your money before you have it.
4) Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.
5) Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold.
6) We never repent of having eaten too little.
7) Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
8) How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.
9) Take things always by their smooth handle.
10) When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.


Jayla's:
1) Don't eat more food just because you can.
2) Nothing anyone says to you can hurt you unless you let it.
3) If you like what you look like you look perfect.
4) Don't get a tattoo unless it means something special to you.
5) Spend your time doing what you enjoy, not what will make you look cool.
6) Save your money to get something you will use and you really want.
7) Keep your areas clean. It will help you look more organized.
8) Cut your nails so you look pretty, not gross. Plus, you have to look at them all day so they should be nice.
9) Get up, don't spend your life in bed or on a couch. You'll never accomplish anything.
10) Your family are the most important thing in your life. Keep them close.


Meadow's:
1) Think before you speak.
2) Help others when they are in need.
3) Don't buy tings that you don't need.
4) Eat healthy foods.
5) Don't listen to what a bully says.
6) Try your best not to spread germs.
7) When there is a problem try and find a way to help.
8) Don't cheat even when it is tempting.
9) Don't be a sore winner or loser.
10) Congratulate those who win.
 Altogether try to be a nice person. 


Tyden's:
1) Don't do things without thinking.
2) Don't get into trouble.
3) Do as your are told.
4) Make right choices.
5) Do well in school.
6) Listen to your parents.
7) Don't wait to do things you can do now.
8) Don't do too many electronics.
9) Don't do dumb things.
10) Keep your things in good condition.


Stryder's: 
1) You should think before you talk.
2) Travel, don't stay inside.
3) Do as you are told.
4) Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
5) Buy what you need, not what you don't need.
6) If you make a mistake, try to fix it.
7) Do your job fully and completely.
8) You should study to get smart.
9) Try to live a happy life.
10) Make people happy, not sad.  


Clover's (as dictated to mom):
1) Make a small house instead of a big house because then you can save your money for other things that are more important.
2) Have less animals than more so you can give to others.
3) Be nice to people and don't be rude.
4) Treat others how you want to be treated.
5) Only buy the things you need, not the things you don't need.
6) Have less boys so there is less shouting and mess.
7) Treat animals nicely.
8) On birthdays, give presents.
9) If someone's ship is falling apart when they are in the sea and you have a better ship, help them. Don't just leave them there!
10) Go outside! Don't sit inside all day and play the iPad! Live a happy childhood! 


Onyx's: 
1) Do what is asked of you.
2) Pay attention when someone is trying to teach you something.
3) Do not procrastinate.
4) Do not borrow money if you can not pay it back.
5) Do not take advantage of someone's hospitality.
6) If someone does something good to you, do something good to them.
7) If you borrow something give it back in better condition than it was given.
8) Even if someone is bad to you, be good to them.
9) Eat what is given to you.
10) Enjoy things while they last.


Flint's: 
1) Do not eat too much candy.
2) Don't become a robber.
3) Do your school quickly.
4) Pay attention.
5) Do your best.
6) Sound out the words you can not read.
7) Treat others how you want to be treated.
8) Don't watch t.v. all the time.
9) Clean up the mess when you're done.
10) Don't get in a stranger's car. 

Mom's:
1) Kindness is never the wrong choice. 
2) Work to love people as they are rather than try to change them.
3) Find what your hands like to do and do it heartily.
4) Enjoy nature.
5) Say, "thank you" daily.
6) Compliment others sincerely and regularly, it will keep you in the habit of seeing the best in people.
7) As much as possible, focus on positive aspects more than negative. 
8) Be gentle on yourself but honest about your mistakes.
9) Realize there will always be something with which you must contend.
10) Find joy in all the corners of your life. 
Life's extraordinary beauty mainly resides in the ordinary pockets of a regular day.

5 comments:

Lindy said...

Clover's #6 is my favorite! :)

Great lessons for us all. Sounds like you're going to have seven amazing adults on your hand one day. I'd be happy to be neighbors with any of them.

Alyssa said...

They are so sweet. Lindy's right, Clover's #6 is my favorite. Only followed by the ship one. I was dying!!

Courtney Cassada said...

wow. this is awesome.

Chad said...

Can't go wrong teaching about Jefferson! All great pieces of advice - these kids are going to be wonderful members of society.

Linda Frey said...

They are great kids - love their lists - we should all make these!

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