So enough of the helicopter parenting already! I sat on the beach yesterday while my boys had a ball and learned everything they needed to know about life. Really. I propose that children can learn everything they need to know AT THE BEACH. You heard me correctly, parents need only relax in the sand nearby and watch the magic. Here's some proof:
1. When something knocks you down (like a wave), get back up! Or you'll miss something.
2. God is an awesome creator. What better evidence do you need than the ocean?
3 . When you decide to do something, go all in. Sure the water's cold, but it's not getting any warmer.
4. Reading is important. Grown-ups model this desirable behavior all over the beach.
5. Having fun is important (like playing on the beach), but always take the necessary precautions (like sunscreen and drinking water).
6. Speaking of sunscreen, everyone gets a little in their eyes now and then, and it hurts. Lots of things hurt. But not forever.
7. Sure, Mom and Dad can get you a boogie board, but what you do with it is all up to you.
8. Always be prepared in life. (pack a cooler)
9. End the day sandy and tired, and know that you gave your all. Learn from your mistakes, and know you have a fresh start tomorrow.
10. Every person must do his or her part in the world. I.E. No running down to the beach empty-handed.
11. Take care of your things or the tide will take them away.
12. Your parents will always be here under the umbrella if you need them.
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