Listen, My Children, I Have Something To Say

Burgh tagged me with this interesting meme about my kids. I've been putting it off quite shamelessly because she did such a marvelous job of it herself that I feared following something so fabulous. I have decided that I just need to get off my shamelessly large and lazy butt and just do it already.

5 things I want my kids to know:
1. I love you.
2. Stand up for what you know is right.
3. I will always be here for you, no matter what.
4. God is in control of everything and won't allow you to go through anything that you and He can't handle together.
5. Being nice is better than being popular.

5 things you want to tell your children when they are grown up:
1. I told you so. (haha)
2. Your kids are watching everything you do. Be a role model. (Provided that I get grandkids someday.)
3. Make time for your spouse. A solid marriage is the foundation to a happy home. (Provided, again, that they get married.)
4. Make time for friends. Sometimes you need to get away from life and laugh.
5. Don't be too hard on yourself. We all make mistakes. Learn from them.

5 things you want to tell your child before you die:
1. I still love you, and I always will.
2. I'm so glad we decided to have YOU. You've made our lives complete.
3. I didn't know everything, but I knew more than you during the teen years. (Because every parent dreams of being able to remind their kids of this.)
4. I'm so proud of you.
5. Our lives are made better because you were a part of it.

5 things you want your child to know before she dies:
1. Marriage. To the right man. Being loved is amazing.
2. Parenthood. It's something you cannot explain to a non-parent. And the unconditional love of a child is even more amazing.
3. True happiness from living a life of no regrets.
4. Inner peace that only comes from God.
5. The loyal love of a dog. One that lives to please and asks nothing more than a pat on the head and a warm bed to snuggle in.

And I will tag Flea, Irene at Our Piece of the World, Pam at Random Thoughts, Andrea at Swamp Suburbia, Keri at Stripey Cat Production, and GirlyMom at The Red Door. And also Mishelle at Secret Agent Mama because she asked to be tagged. :)


Pam said...

I love your answers - and I will play along! I promise....but I am going to wait a few days- I don't want people to compare my lame answers with your awesome answers! ;)

Karen said...

Pam - You'll notice that's exactly why I waited so long after following BBM. But I'll look forward to reading your less-than-lame answers.

Melissa said...

I love all of your answers. I'm so glad you didn't tag me, I couldn't top those.

Bia said...

You know...this is so thought provoking that everyone should do this! But not me, not now. I'm not thinking profound thoughts lately...too much Dora the Explorer.

God bless.

kidzmama said...

I really enjoy reading about your dedication to your husband and children (and pets too!). I like the don't be so hard on yourself and learn from your mistakes.

Madame Queen said...

I'm going to have to come back adn read these later b/c I've been tagged for this same meme and I keep putting it off because I keep reading other people's excellent answers!!

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

Everyone (myself included) seems to dread this one, but yet everybody does such a great job. I LOVE your answers. Thanks for playing along!

Sniz said...

I could say each of these things to my kids! What a wise post.

Maria said...

Thanks for those reminders for me!

Karen MEG said...

Those were great answers!
You've obviously got your priorities straight, your children are very lucky.

Andrea said...

Those were great answers! I hope I can say such nice things! I will have to think about it. You are a fantastic mom! Your kids are so lucky to have you!

THE MOM BOMB said...

Another post that helps me keep things in perspective!

LaskiGal said...

Oh wow! You need to print and save this (not that it won't live long in the blogosphere!). What awesome responses . . . heartfelt and so, so true!

I can tell that your family is lucky to have you . . . oh, love . . .

Kellan said...

These were beautiful answers Karen - just beautiful and I loved this meme - good job! Hope you had a good weekend - see you later. Kellan

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Too young? I'm 38 for goodness sake!! I'm practically ancient!!

But thanks for stroking an old woman's ego!!

Hallie :)

secret agent mama said...

Will you edit your post and tag me, too?!?!?!

utmomof5 said...

Good meme!! I liked it alot.


caramama said...

Excellent answers! Really beautiful post. :-)

Shellie said...

I agree!!!!! Great thoughts.

Cecily R said...

Oh, I love LOVE your answers! I'm secretly really glad you didn't tag me for this because I don't think I could have said any of it better. The post really is beautiful.

Irene said...

I like your answers! I will try to get to this soon! I like this meme.

I also left you something on my blog!

Colleen said...

Your answers were wonderful! I don't know how I forgot to mention anything about that love and loyalty you get from a dog (or my cats, since they are VERY social). My pets got me through a lot of rough times in college and during spats with boyfriends and with the hubby.

and um, I hate to tell you, but I tagged you at my site. :)