Words to Live By | 36 Life Phrases to Teach Kids

Words to Live By | 36 Life Phrases to Teach Kids - Includes free printable list

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“As my grandpa always used to say, _____________________.”

Did your parents or grandparents have any phrases they would repeat over and over as you were growing up? Family mottos?

The words we say to our children become the soundtrack of their childhood, and those words will play on repeat throughout their lives.

The words we say to our kids become their inner voice.

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What words are we saying to our children? What words will they remember us saying to them?

In an effort to be more intentional with our parenting, we created a list of key life phrases to teach kids. These phrases prompt intentional conversations about their meanings and applications. 

Words to Live By | 36 Life Phrases to Teach Kids - Includes free printable list

They’re phrases that give us a common vocabulary to use as situations arise. Phrases that we can remind them of when “teachable moments” happen in our home.

My husband and I have been quote collectors our entire adult lives — from books, speakers — and we’ve compiled hundreds of quotes. So, we went to work pilfering through years of highlighted pages, Evernote, and notebooks. It was a great trip down memory lane and we were reminded of some great truths we’ve learned over the years! In the end, we came up with 36 phrases that best communicated things we want our kids to know.

We call them our Words To Live By. Here are a few examples:

If you’re not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you’re determined to learn, no one can stop you.

When confronted with a challenge, look for a solution — not an escape.

Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you. 

 

 

Words to Live By | 36 Life Phrases to Teach Kids - Includes free printable list | Success and Leadership | Homeschool Morning Time #parentingresources #leadership #successEach week, we have one Words To Live By phrase that we focus on.

Words to Live By | 36 Life Phrases to Teach Kids - Includes free printable list

We keep them visible in our daily life.

I sometimes see our kids “zoning” and staring at something in the room. We figured it might as well be something beneficial for them!

I designed our Words to Live By into some printables that fit in an 8×10 frame. We keep this on display on the shelves where we spend most of our day.

We discuss them during our Morning Time.

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We spend time together each day called Morning Time, and one of the activities we do during Morning Time is discuss our Words to Live By. Here’s our current routine:

• Review the past few Words to Live By. I usually start saying the first couple words, and the kids join in and say the rest of the phrase.
• Say the new phrase out loud several times. We want our kids to know these words through & through, so they can well up in their hearts when they need them.
• Hear from the kids: what do you think these words mean? Why do you think we chose these words for you to learn?
• Discuss real-life examples. How do these Words to Live By play out in real life? Can you think of an example of when someone has displayed these character traits? When have you lived out these words?
• Application. We believe these are Words to Live By, so How can we live out these words today? This week? How did we see other family members live this out?

Words to Live By | 36 Life Phrases to Teach Kids - Includes free printable listWe review them.

During our copy work time, our sons use them as handwriting and cursive practice each day, and our daughter write a little about them in her journal each day. By the end of the week, our kids have them memorized and the Words To Live By become part of their vocabulary.

We try to “catch” them living out these words.

Our kids seem to find themselves in “teachable moments” quite often! We try to catch them either living out our Words to Live By, or find moments when they can apply one of the Words to Live By. These phrases have become a common language for our family. By saying one of these Words to Live By to our children in a key moment, we’re really reminding them of all the discussions, examples and encouragement that comes with that quick phrase.

Or, we encourage you to create your own! What would you include on your list? Let us know in the comments!

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