One thing I truly hope to instill in my children while homeschooling them is some good ol' common sense. Because, truly...have you noticed the decline in common sense? It's a dying art- along with letter writing (paper and pen) and cursive writing.
Sure, I want my kids to be proficient in math, to be well read.
But more than that I want them to have those skills that will serve them most in life. Intelligence is not measured by how 'smart' you are....I know plenty of 'educated idiots'...people who are book smart, but don't have the 'Sense To Get In Out Of The Rain'. I want my kids to live by some of the 'old saws' that encourage common sense.
Don't Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch. Assuming is never a good thing. Make an educated guess and a calculated risk...but never assume anything.
Respect Your Elders. Because, really...nothing is more disheartening than a young person who has zero respect for their own parents, let alone any other adults in their life. They don't have to always AGREE with their elders...but they darn sure better respect them!
Don't Rob Peter To Pay Paul. Spend your money wisely. Don't be impulsive or extravagant with your money. Especially when you don't have any. (Just ask the Government)
The Early Bird Gets The Worm. Don't be lazy! Get out there and work for what you want!
Rome Wasn't Built In A Day. Be patient, and have perseverance!
You Made Your Bed, Now Lie In It. Sorry! Bad choices have bad consequences. And I am not rushing in to save you from them. Start early evaluating the choices you make, and determine if the outcome will be a good one. (This also goes with If You Lay Down With Dogs, You Will Get Fleas.)
These are just a few. They have been around for generations, and you know why? They speak the TRUTH!