#CLEMAMA: Life Advice for Our Kids

#CLEMAMA: Life Advice for Our Kids

- in 2018 Editions, Magazine, November 2018, Parenting

“Wear Sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.”

Does that sound familiar? Maybe not, depending on your age. It was a beginning line to a song that was popular back in the late 90s, by Baz Luhrmann, called “Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen.”

I came across the song while I was researching something for work and remembered it immediately. I remembered listening to it back when I was in high school. The entire song is about life advice for the future. What caught my attention most is that listening to it now, the lyrics hit me much harder than they did when I was in high school. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because sometimes we just to need to learn things on our own.

It’s funny how we listen to things in differently after we’ve grown up and had children of our own. The lyrics and life advice in the song are good, though. They hit me just when I needed to hear it. The night I heard the song again after all those years was the evening my oldest daughter had just finished getting her senior pictures taken. I had spent the evening watching her smile in the sunlight as the sun set — after reminiscing about all the wonderful memories she had made and as we talked about the all that the future holds for her.

“What advice do I give her as she moves on to college?” I thought. “As she grows into an adult, even? Now looking back, what do I wish someone had told me?”

Those were all the things running through my mind. Sometimes it’s good to pause, reflect and remember that the only good thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. I hope to do that with my kids.

What good advice do you want to pass down to your children?


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