11 (more like 10) Rules of Life

Contrary to popular “internet” belief, Bill Gates did not write these. But that doesn’t mean every single one of them isn’t absolutely true:

Rule 1: Life is not fair — get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping — they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

This last one was obviously thrown in for effect…take it or leave it.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.


Temper Tantrums – A profound discovery

I heard this story on NPR the other day about Tantrums and part of the story involved how parents should handle them. One of the amazing breakthroughs was that you should just let them go and do nothing. Wow, that’s amazing. Did we really need a study to figure that one out?

That’s almost as amazing as the study that concluded married couples with children tend to gain more weight in the first 10 years of marriage than married couples without children. Un-be-lievable!

Kidding aside though, it was interesting to hear some of their conclusions on the “Science” of tantrums. Plus the child they used as a test subject made my kid’s tantrums seem like nothing more than a mild disagreement.

Click here for the full article.