Teach them to make different choices

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My father gave me similar advice when I was going through some tough times in my college years. Schoolwork, lack of money, poor relationships, lack of sleep, excess drinking – were all taking a toll on me and I was stuck in a rut. He noticed this and sat me down on the front stoop where most conversations between us took place. He referenced Michael Jackson’s – Man in the Mirror:

I’m starting with the man in the mirror;
I’m asking him to change his ways;
And no message could have been any clearer;
If you wanna make the world a better place;
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change.


(Mind you this was 2002ish, so I had no clue why he was bring back 1988, but apparently he thought it was relevant to times). Either way, it worked, he made a connection and it hit home.

Make sure you’re teaching your kids that if things aren’t going well, make a different choice. Go down a different path. Stop doing the same thing expecting a different result.

I’m not one to quote Shakespeare, but “the choices we make, dictate the lives we lead”. #highspeeddaddy

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