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5 Essential Lessons to Teach Your Children

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Metro Decatur Dental Group. All thoughts and opinions are those of our own.

As kids, we are focused so much on having fun that nothing else matters. As we age, having fun definitely stays in our mind, but we also have responsibilities that we were taught when we were children that should come before all of the fun. Some of these responsibilities are work, caring for yourself, caring for your family, doing good, and education.

Unfortunately, for some, they were never properly taught these responsibilities and they stay children for a long time after they are supposed to. Today, people jump to conclusions and judge that age group (currently, it is usually millennials and generation Y) based on what they have seen by the ‘majority’ of the group.

Of course, this is not exactly fair because some people in that age group are functioning adults who really benefit our country and they do not deserve to get lumped into the same category as those that are not acting like adults. Some think that this judgement started with the millennials, but in fact, it has happened with each age group – the older group thinks of them as lazy and not efficient, so it is really nothing new, but if we all work together, we can try to limit that judgement by teaching our kids habits and lessons that will stick with them for life.

Work Smarter

I am sure you all have heard the phrase, work smarter, not harder. There are many scientific ways to work harder, not smarter. For example, taking breaks and naps can help re-fuel you instead of getting burnt out, producing bad work. Of course, working hard is essential in this day and time, but why work even harder than you have to when you can produce better results by working smarter? Teaching this lesson at a young age can definitely help your kids succeed in school, as well as their extracurricular activities and work in the future.

Dress Up

When I say dress up, I do not mean put on your fanciest dress for your school or work day. I mean, dress like who you want to be – dress up from your current position. So, say you are a receptionist, but you want to be a lawyer. Don’t dress like a college student receptionist. Instead, dress like you would if you were a lawyer. Being well dressed is a great way to get your foot in the door. If you look and act professional, you will get treated like a professional (at least most of the time).

Be Reliable

I cannot stress this enough – be reliable. Be on time when it comes to meetings and assignments. Keep your appointments and only reschedule when you absolutely have to. Don’t keep people waiting for you. A timely person gets recognized for their timeliness, and when someone is always late, people notice. Nobody wants to work with someone that is not reliable, so please, if you take anything away from this article, remember that being reliable is essential when it comes to your success in school, work, and all life endeavors.

Keep Up With Your Health

Keeping up with your health is very underrated. People get too busy with their life and their health ends up paying for it. I understand that it is easy to cancel a dental appointment, or easy to grab a meal at McDonalds, instead of eating a healthy lunch, but you will eventually realize that putting your health on the backburner will eventually mean that you could end up in bad health and then you will be forced to reduce your workload and instead, focus on your health. Who has time for health problems?! This is why it is so important to keep up with your routine doctor appointments and preventative teeth care.

This is why people like Dr. Gary Simms is available for you. Dr. Simms and his entire staff at Metro Decatur Dental Group PC is dedicated to providing the most up to date general, orthodontic and family dentistry. Since 2006, Metro Decatur Dental Group PC has been providing full service dental services like teeth cleaning & whitening, braces & invisalign, dental implants & dentures, and more to their clients in the DeKalb County area. Whether you need basic teeth whitening, cleanings, fillings, or more advanced dentures, root canals, bridges, crowns and veneers, Metro Decatur Dental Group PC is a dentist you can trust. Teaching your children to take care of their health by scheduling routine appointments with their dentists and doctors is important so that they can focus on their health now rather than later.

The Early Bird Gets The Worm

There are many phrases like this – the early bird gets the worm, you snooze, you lose, and more. This does not mean “if you wake up early, you will succeed more than anyone else.” It simply means that hard work pays off. If you are there, ready to work, you will see results. If you snooze and do the bare minimum, while others are showing up, ready to achieve great things, you will lose out. If your kids play sports, or participate in extracurricular activities, this is a perfect way to start learning this example. Show up, participate, and do what you can to be great and you will definitely see results.

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Monday 30th of April 2018

These are great! Never too early to learn these.

Janet W.

Monday 16th of April 2018

These really are great tips and habits you want to start early!


Friday 2nd of February 2018

My favorite is: Be Reliable. Keep your word. Do what you say you will.

Renee Smith

Friday 2nd of February 2018

These are wonderful things to teach our children. We should also teach by example and these tips are just as good for me. I hope I can instill some goodness into my kids. So many days I feel like I’m a complete failure.

beth wiggins

Monday 29th of January 2018

Love all the great suggestions! ❤