Say what you will about the man… or his ability to lead our country… but President Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, has certainly given parents many “teachable moments” they can talk to their kids about.
It seems like almost weekly my wife and I are having conversations with our daughters that all stem from something President Trump did, said, or tweeted.
Here are just a few examples of the lessons that we’ve been able to teach our kids based on President Trump’s first year in office.
- Profanity isn’t necessary and makes you sound ignorant. There are thousands and thousands of words in the world. Skip the swear words and expand your vocabulary.
- Calling people names isn’t cool and makes you come across as a bully.
- Private conversations aren’t always private. You never know when a microphone or video camera is running to document your true feelings.
- It’s easy to get caught lying. The internet, smartphone cameras, and social media make fact-checking easier than ever.
- If you mess up… it’s OK to admit it. Honesty is the best policy.
- The internet is forever. If you post it, there’s a chance it could come back to haunt you. Even if you delete something there’s probably a screenshot of it somewhere.
- Nobody likes a braggart. Let your accomplishments speak for themselves.
- There’s a difference between confidence and cockiness.
- Two scoops of ice cream are better than one.
- Nothing good happens after midnight. Remember the “covfefe” tweet. Yep. Tweeted after midnight.
- If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.
- Choose your friends wisely. Who you back and who you hang out with is a direct reflection of you.
- Gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation don’t matter… we’re all human. That’s the only label that’s important.
Whether President Trump will make America great again has yet to be seen… but he has made me a better parent. What about you?