Recently, I was asked to give advices on how to raise children. This is what comes into my mind.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. -- William Butler Yeats
My son's 7th grade humanity teacher gave parents this quote from Yeats on the curriculum night and she asked us one important question, "What do you really want for your child?".
My answer was "to go to a good college" and her suggestion was for the child to become a critical thinker. That short exchange forever changed how I think about my kids' future. College is just 4 years of their life. The journey is much more to it. I need to prepare them to be strong for whatever problems future might throw at them.
In addition to being a critical thinker, I really want my kids to be happy. Recently, I read that there are three things making a person happy, (1) pleasure, (2) engagement and (3) meaning. The latter two contribute to a long-lasting satisfaction.
I have been fortunate to have good kids. I trust that they will choose a right path and lead a happy healthy life.