I just read an article about how the Danish economy will risk going into recession if we can't meet the increasing demand for employment. One solution is to make sure that people keep working through their 60'es instead of retiring. A lot of surveys show that a lot of people would rather retire earlier and live of the increased value in their homes.
Ask myself every morning, why I chose to have kids? To deliver them at day care at 7 am and pick them up again at 4 pm?
Make sure they were “exposed” to nature every day. Even though it meant moving out of the city.
Show and tell them about the animals and plants. Hereby showing them the interaction between life and death and why there’s no such thing as good or bad in nature, only instincts and necessity. Valuation comes from our interpretation, based on personal and cultural beliefs.
Tell them that we humans are just another kind of animals and that we got to share the Earth with all the rest of them.
Tell them that the Bible, Superman, the Koran, Emil from Lønneberg, Harry Potter, the Greek and the Nordic Mythology are all just a bunch of good stories and that we might be able to learn a little bit from each one of them and miss out a lot if we just stick to one of them.
Introduce them to water as soon as possible and learn them how to swim.
Introduce them to music and learn them how to play at least one instrument.
Move to another country, for at least a year, to experience a different culture and learn a second language.
Being a good example through action rather than words.
Make sure they understand the meaning and value of a free will, the obligation of choice and the concept of consequence.
Make sure that they would feel loved every day by their parents and make sure they know their parents loves each other too.
Well I guess it all boils down to the choices we make for ourselves. Hopefully they're real personal choices and not influenced by society, traditions, others expectations and so on, because at the time you'll find out, it might just be too late...