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 Lessons Learned #3 

To everyone that has kids, will have kids, or can remember being a kid... just a few points of wisdom to pass on to the next generation. No truer facts have every been penned: 

Here Are Some Facts Kids Won't Learn in School, Teach Them Yourself!
Unfortunately there are some things that children should be learning in school, but don't. Not all of them have to do with academics. Here are some basic facts that may not have found their way into the standard curriculum:

Fact #1. Life is not fair. Get used to it!
The average teen-ager uses the phrase "it's not fair" 8.6 times a day. You got it from your parents, who said it so often, you decided they must be the most idealistic generation ever. When they started hearing it from their own kids, They realized Fact #1 is true.

Fact #2. The real world won't care as much about your self-esteem as your school does. 
It'll expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.  This may come as a shock, but when inflated self-esteem meets reality, kids complain, "it's not fair". (See Fact No. 1)

Fact #3. Sorry, you won't make $40,000 a year right out of high school. 
And you won't be a vice president or have Onstar either.  You may even have to wear a uniform that doesn't have a Gap label!

Fact #4. If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss!
He doesn't have tenure, so he tends to be a bit edgier. When you screw up, he is not going ask you how you "feel" about it.

Fact #5. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity! 
Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping - they called it opportunity!
They weren't embarrassed making minimum wage either. They would have been embarrassed to sit around talking about Destiny's Child all weekend.

Fact #6. It's not your parentsí fault! If you screw up, you ARE responsible!  
This is the flip side of "It's my life," and "You're not the boss of me," and other eloquent proclamations of your generation. When you turn 18, it's on your dime. 

Fact #7. Before you were born your parents weren't as boring as they are now!
They got that way paying YOUR bills, cleaning up YOUR mess, and listening to YOU tell them how much more know and how ignorant they are!! And by the way, before you save the rain forest from the blood-sucking parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your bedroom!

Fact #8. Life is not divided into semesters, and you don't get summers off! Not even Easter break!
They expect you to show up every day. For eight hours. And you don't get a new life every 10 weeks. It just goes on and on.

Fact #9. Television is not real life! Your life is not a sitcom! 
Your problems will not all be solved in 30 minutes, minus time for commercials! And STAY OUT of neighborhoods where you don't "fit in"; diversity is not as it seems on TV! You could get hurt or worse!
In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop to go to jobs. Your friends will not be perky or as polite as Jennifer Anniston.

Fact # 10. Your kids are going to have a hoot looking at your teen pics. 
Full expect to hear your kids say, "At least we don't purposely have our undies hanging out!"... A LOT!  And you should be just about 25 when you find out that it was Marky Mark in the mid-80s that started the undies thing. How retro are you!?

Fact #11. Be nice to nerds!
You'll probably end up working for one of them!

Fact #12. Enjoy school while you can! 
Sure, parents are a pain, school's a bother, and life is depressing. But someday you'll realize how wonderful it was to be a kid.

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