The other day my 11-year-old asked me to tie her shoe. I froze. Did I forget something?
Before you pass judgment, I DID teach my kid how to tie her shoes at one point in her life. Kind of. I remember hastily doing the rabbit-through-the-hole thing a few times with her when she was a toddler. And she's been dressing herself for years now, so she must have retained something.
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She actually admitted she liked the way I tie them so tight. But as I knelt down to knot her laces – after taking a quick look around to make sure nobody was watching – I realized there are probably quite a few life lessons I've been guilty of omitting along the way.
Like how to dance a proper slow dance or how to play Chopsticks on the piano.
I have friends who never learned how to ride a bike as a child. Never surfed a wave. Never learned how to hold their dinner knife properly.
I realize that my kids will be leaving home for college in seven years, which means I have a limited amount of time to get it right. So I'm starting a list of need-to-know life lessons just to make sure I don't screw up this one shot at getting it right. What do you think every parent should teach her child?
My Top 25 How To Lessons:
1. Tie shoes
2. Ride a bike
4. Make a bed
5. Brush and floss
6. Tell time on a non-digital clock
8. Jump rope
9. Throw a baseball properly
10. Administer CPR
11. Fly a kite
12. Do a cartwheel
13. Be a good sport
14. Write a thank you letter
15. Read a map
17. Wrap a present
18. Comparison shop
19. Do the laundry
20. Have safe sex
21. Maintain eye contact when speaking to someone
22. Change a flat tire
23. Make at least one good meal for dinner
24. Iron a shirt