Straight from the one of a kind mind of Mr. Albert Einstein came this food for thought. Imagine who our children would become if parents taught them these ideas.

FOLLOW YOUR CURIOSITY! “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious."

Kids are usually curious about everything, so take them everywhere (within reason) show them everything, let them touch stuff, and taste stuff and keep their minds stimulated. The pursuit of curiosity is the secret to success.

PERSEVERANCE IS PRICELESS! “It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
If your kids see you work through problems and come to an intended outcome, they'll be willing to stick to what they start too. They'll grow up knowing how good it feels to finish any race they start.

FOCUS ON THE PRESENT! “Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”

Tell your kids that they can do anything, but not everything. They'll learn to be present where they are; give their all to whatever they are currently doing. Focused energy is power, and it’s the difference between success and failure.

THE IMAGINATION IS POWERFUL! “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions, and more important than knowledge. It is the true sign of intelligence.

Kids are masters at exercising their “imagination muscles”. Never let something as powerful as imagination lie dormant.

MAKE MISTAKES! “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

Don't make your kids feel bad about making mistakes. A mistake is not a failure. If utilized properly, mistakes will make them better, smarter and faster. Teach them the power of making mistakes.

LIVE IN THE MOMENT “I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”

The only way to properly address the future is to be as present as possible “in the present.” It's the only time that matters, it's the only time there is. Dedicate all your parenting efforts to RIGHT NOW!

CREATE VALUE “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”

Help your kids discover the talents and gifts they possess, and learn how to offer those talents and gifts in a way that most benefits others. Labor to be valuable and success will chase you down.

DON'T EXPECT DIFFERENT RESULTS! “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

In order for your life to change, you must change, to the degree that you change your actions and your thinking is to the degree that your life will change.

KNOWLEDGE COMES FROM EXPERIENCE! “Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.”

You must experience a task first hand to “know it.” What’s the lesson? Get experience! Don’t spend time hiding behind speculation. Go out there and do it, and you will have gained priceless knowledge.


  1. What great words of wisdom Keri. Like any other parents we worked hard at most of the things mentioned. Our 4 kids all strayed from the middle of the road, to some degree. Some, such as the purple hair, punk phase scared us to death. I don't know what to attribute it to but all 4 are all now very happy, healthy members of society. I am sure eternal vigilance had a lot to do with it as well as luck and God watching out for us.

  2. Thanks Woody.. It's pretty obvious who/what you can attribute successful kids to. You're being modest me thinks. You're a class act, my friend, it's no wonder. Keri

  3. Another fantastic post Keri! What great quotes and comments! I have relatives who could gain some insight from this. Thanks!

  4. "Never let something as powerful as imagination lie dormant."

    Love this... we should never let our imaginations go to waste. You are so right about them being powerful.

    Just found your blog and am a new follower!

    joy & blessings,

  5. Hi!
    I am sorry but I have to delete your entry on the Meet Me on Monday linky because you did not participate and post your questions and answers in your post!
    I would love to have you join so please come back once you have your Meet Me On Monday post completed!

  6. How can anyone delete you from a post! Huh!

    LOL oh well, the wisdom makes up for it right!

    My son got freedom many did not and he turned out wonderful. I always told him anything worth doing is always worth doing right, give each thing you do the attention needed to learn from it!

    Great post!

  7. Beautiful post my Auntie....Would you be a "guest author" and post it on my blog? And I love the pic of Jakey!

  8. thanks so much for stopping by type A and all of your wonderful comments! i'm your newest follower, i'm gonna go snoop around and check out your posts, love the title of your blog! nice to meet you.

  9. Hiya -- sorry about the blocking thing -- never had that happen before? Anywho, hope you will try again and maybe my blog will behave itself? Either way -- I am happily following you now!


  10. Love this post and the inspiration it radiates. Bub is gorgeous too x


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