Things They Should Teach You In School

  • How to love someone.
  • How to tell someone they’ve hurt you.
  • How to apologize without defending yourself.
  • How to tell someone you don’t love them anymore.
  • How to resist impulse spending.
  • How to be polite and assertive.
  • How to ask for help.
  • How to take responsibility for your own happiness.
  • How to have empathy for others.
  • How to surround yourself with people who add value to your life.
  • How to live within a budget.
  • How to have a good attitude.
  • How to repair damaged trust.
  • How to appropriately handle anger.
  • How to forgive someone who breaks your heart.
  • How to follow through with commitments.
  • How to admit mistakes.
  • How to let your passions shape your profession.
  • How to find a stress-relieving outlet. 
  • How to make new friends.
  • How to pursue the truth.
  • How to be a good sibling.
  • How to choose the right spouse.
  • How to have confidence.
  • How to have age-appropriate style.
  • How to find creative solutions to problems.
  • How to have convictions and stay open to new ideas.

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  1. #1 by xxbronzegoddessxx on August 6, 2011 - 4:35 pm

    If there was a school that taight this, even if it was a Etiquette School or a Ms/Mr. Manners school I’d buss my kids (when I have them) every day of the week. I think its super important and if it was manditory there would be a lot more accountability instead of cowardness in the world. But thats just my humble opinion *wink*

    Great post!

    • #2 by Jaclyn Rae on August 6, 2011 - 10:48 pm

      I’m so glad you agree! Thanks for commenting :)

  2. #3 by Crowing Crone Joss on August 6, 2011 - 4:48 pm

    if only we would allow wise elders into the school to pass on some of their wisdom.

  3. #5 by Melanie Spencer on August 6, 2011 - 5:31 pm

    Awesome post! Just think how much easier life/relationships could be if we knew what was needed beforehand! If ever you get the chance, check out my blog…

    • #6 by Jaclyn Rae on August 6, 2011 - 10:49 pm

      Thank you, Melanie! I will absolutely check out your blog :)

  4. #7 by thisbrokenhearthashope on August 6, 2011 - 5:58 pm

    This is so good. I especially agree with the apologizing one. But I love them all.

    • #8 by Jaclyn Rae on August 6, 2011 - 10:50 pm

      Thanks girl! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. :)

  5. #9 by Natasha on August 6, 2011 - 6:44 pm

    That’s just too awesome!!

  6. #11 by shelbyisrad on August 7, 2011 - 4:14 am

    Absolute truth! <3

  7. #13 by bye2mrwrong on August 7, 2011 - 7:34 am

    Looks like we have a lot to learn. But God what amazing lessons of life these would be!

    • #14 by Jaclyn Rae on August 8, 2011 - 7:47 pm

      True, there’s always lots to learn. :)

  8. #15 by Annette on August 7, 2011 - 9:39 am

    You’ve hit the nail on the head Jaclyn

  9. #17 by leeleegirl4 on August 7, 2011 - 11:07 am

    I still don’t know how to ask for help and am working my way through the rest of these wonderful life lessons.

    • #18 by Jaclyn Rae on August 8, 2011 - 7:50 pm

      I’m with you on that one sister! It’s hard to admit when we can’t handle things on our own…

  10. #19 by Heather on August 7, 2011 - 7:02 pm

    Well, I don’t know about everyone else but I learned some (not all) of those things in school… my mother made certain that we learned how to survive, thrive, and live happily and peacefully in the world on top of our other education. She said that she didn’t want us to know how to pass a test but not be able to figure out a life problem. ;) Ha ha…

    I still have a lot to learn about those things, and I think that know matter where you go to school you learn some of these things as you go in life. Some people (most people) will not learn everything on this list, but some will. It’s a hard list to learn– usually you have to go through many hardships to learn it.

    • #20 by Jaclyn Rae on August 8, 2011 - 7:50 pm

      Your mom sounds so cool, Heather! It’s no wonder that you’ve turned out so well :)

      • #21 by Heather on August 9, 2011 - 10:32 am

        I love my mom.

  11. #22 by mcsan on August 8, 2011 - 10:03 am

    Well, maybe these “things” are not taught in school. However, life takes care of it.

    I would be lying if I said that I haven’t done al least 50% of the things listed, but also lying if I said that are easy to realize.

    Anyway, this is a great list!

  12. #24 by andreateggart on August 8, 2011 - 1:37 pm

    So true.Especially:
    How to forgive someone who breaks your heart, How to let your passions shape your profession, How to have confidence.

    Thank you for sharing. As always, a lovely post. Happy Monday friend! xoxo -Andi

  13. #26 by Raey on August 11, 2011 - 11:39 pm

    How I wish…

  14. #27 by salomeq on September 9, 2011 - 4:44 am

    This is so true! If only that would teach us such things, life would have been at least a bit easier

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