Top 10 Things Kids Should Know and Understand

Every generation is getting worse than the last. It used to be that the music and film stars worked for their fame; they paid their dues, learned the business, honed their trade, and gained success for the long haul.

Adults of earlier generations knew that if they wanted something in life they had to work for it. In fact, they had to work for everything. They didn't have time to just sit around an complain about how hard their life was while they watched cartoons and played video games on their parent's couch.

They did have their fun though. They lived lives outside. They honed skills, broke records, explored the unknown, and didn't live vicariously through avatars or online profiles.

Below is a list of the things that kids of any generation need to know about life and how to live it.

The Top Ten

1 Education matters.

Kids, want to get a higher chance of getting a good job when you get older? Well, then go to school, otherwise you’ll be homeless at 21. - JoeBoi

Sure, you might not use algebra on a daily basis, but you can be sure that you will ONE day. And on that one day you'll be thankful. You might not need to know when the Revolutionary War happened, but when your friends randomly start talking about history, you'll be glad you aren't the dumbest one in the bunch. And when you try to get a job that doesn't involve a deep fryer, you'll be glad that you know a few words that are more than two syllables.

Growing up in a hyper competitive town of crazy academics, I can tell you that you need (really need) to be smart. You can't expect to achieve anything without hard work and food and shelter wont fall into your hands. Get your grades up, they seem unimportant now, but your whole life is based off of what you can contribute to the world - keycha1n

Not if its from school (most of it). 90% of what we learn doesn't matter. I'll never use algebra in my life. If I do, I will use google. I don't care about what happened in the past. Math, we have calculators. "What if you don't have one or it's broken? " Well, everyone has their phones for that now. And we have google we don't need dictionaries. Some of the reasons on the list suck. - DumbWays2DieFan

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2 Compassion will always get you farther than apathy.

Mlp taught me this, and I found out it was true when I got to middle school. My friends were so supportive of me, even when I felt like I was going to have a nervous breakdown. It's thanks to my friends and family that I'm able to be here today

3 Gender is a spectrum, not a binary.

This is by far the best list on the Top Tens and it really does deserve more attention. I don't know who made this list but whoever did is the real hero here.

New generation kid. Do you mean to say that gender isn't just strictly male or female, and you can be at far ends of the spectrum or closer to the middle? Kind of like political parties.

There are two set genders, but you can be somewhere in the middle. However, if you start making up genders, die. - PanteraForever

You're either boy or girl. - Lord28

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4 You are where you are because of privilege and oppression dynamics. It's important to help the less fortunate in a systemic way.

This is the LAST thing children should be taught!
"POOR ME, it's the other person's fault, THE OTHER PERSON should pay for my rent, food, and life. I'll just be over here, gaming, thanks."

Do all you can to help the helpless, but not the clueless.

This is the best one

5 Sex is an expression of love or something that can just feel good. Do what feels best for you, and be safe.

Kids should wait until they’re like an official adult to have sex. - JoeBoi


Not something to be shamed for doing. - PanteraForever

6 Exercise isn't just for athletes.

Exercise is important for everybody though. - JoeBoi

Kids used to run, jump, climb trees, ride their bikes, etc. Generally be active and play. Now, the only times they run is after stealing something. They only jump or climb trees when necessary (if ever). And the few that have a bike only ride it either to a friend's house to play a new video game or to the corner store to buy junk food and soda. Come on kids, don't start subtracting years off your life by being lazy when you're young.

Nah exercise is boring to me

We can be as lazy as we want. I hate how people nowadays force other people to do things they don't want to do. We have a Wii for sports. Plus we have a PE class. - DumbWays2DieFan

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7 There are beautiful people of every size, faith, gender, sexual orientation, race, ability.

There are some ugly people. - DumbWays2DieFan

Good thing my parents don't teach me that people of a certain size, faith, gender, sexual orientation, race, or ability is ugly.

Similarly, there are ugly people among all groups too.

8 "Nobody's Perfect" is not an excuse
9 Age doesn't matter. Maturity matters
10 Consent matters. Never touch anyone without their consent.

YES. My cousins like to touch me randomly

The Contenders

11 Drinking while pregnant can kill the baby.
12 Your beauty does not exist in relation to others. You are beautiful. So is she. That's okay.


If society praises beauty over ugliness, is that racism? - styLIShT

There is such thing as ugly that's why it was invented. Idc about looks though because only teenage girls do. - DumbWays2DieFan

I always feel I'm ugly.

13 Sometimes you have to take care of it yourself.

Kids are pretty much old enough to not be dependent on their parents for everything. - JoeBoi

Believe it or not, the police, firefighters, and paramedics don't get to call 911. There's nobody that is going to show up to help them save someone's life or put out a burning house. They just have to do it themselves. The same holds true for you kids. Do you know how to fix a flat tire? How about rewire an electrical outlet? I'm not talking brain surgery or something like providing for a family... I'm simply talking about those thing you're used to your parents doing for you. Sometimes you won't have anyone else to call and help you out.

Yeah. It's hard. But true. - TwilightKitsune

You are responsable about your mood, succes, health - belarbi

14 Eating healthy foods is a good habit to create early in life.
15 Everybody is equal but unique
16 You are not entitled to anything.

Tell that to my cousins! They think that they have the right to get whatever they want whenever they want. WELL, LIFE DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY!

Just because you want something doesn't mean you will get it, or should. Even if your friends have it. Even if your parents had it. Fame, toys, respect... It isn't even always about earning it. You just might not ever end up with the things you want and you just might deserve not getting it.

So... Kids are not entitled to basic human rights? They are not entitled to be treated justly? They aren't entitled to be treated with respect? I don't understand. I get the message, and kids should not believe they are entitled to fame, wealth, etc, but the word "anything" is a little strong.

I still consider myself a kid, or at least an early teen, and I can really see where people are coming from. I know this in the back of my head, but it doesn't mean I wont act spoiled when I'm... Well, spoiled. - keycha1n

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17 You only live once.

Yup. - Userguy44

So don't act like a moron.

Back off Hindu people are nice and all people shouldn't act like morons

No duh. Who doesn't know that? Unless you're very young...

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18 There is a difference between real people and fictional characters.

Cartoon fans need to know that the characters they fantasize about aren't real. I mean I personally don't think there's anything wrong with having a crush on a fictional character but sooner or later you're gonna have to realize that the character you're in love with isn't real and you'll have to socialize with actual real people because it's much better for society.

Well, fictional character can show attributes real world people don’t. - JoeBoi

Chuck Norris: an actual real person.
Princess Peach/Daisy: Fictional (as in, does not exist).
Spending your time fantasizing about a cartoon character, dreaming up ways to kill them, or otherwise dwelling on the character traits of an animated, drawn, doodle, is not only pointless but also embarrassing. Likewise, treat real human beings with respect and realize that no matter who the person is and how well you think you know them, you'll never be able to know everything they're going through.

I actually disagree with the part of dreaming up ways to kill a fictional cartoon character being pointless. If it's a really annoying but fictional character then I guess you would have a reason to criticize it. After all, it's good to release anger with lists like characters who hate one specific character.

Yeah caps girl so stop defending Elsa and offend frozen haters that are real life people! - SamuiNeko

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19 Always learn more. There are issues you can never fully understand, but try anyway. Listen first to experts, then listen more, then talk.

If it's about taxes, insurance, or something, yes. - DumbWays2DieFan

20 Sometimes you have to do things you don't want to.

Come on kid and be a man, not a baby! - JoeBoi

I'm not saying that people need to sacrifice happiness for the sake of work or anything like that. But pleasures are different. Clean your room, do the family dishes, help in the kitchen so you know how to cook something that doesn't need a microwave, and fold your own clothes. If it helps, pretend that you're leveling up your Sims character for the future so they don't have a rude awakening when they get kicked out of the house to live on their own and realize they have no idea how to survive.

This is an excellent list! - Britgirl

I've gotten vaccines, despite the pain. I didn't refuse or cry at all.

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21 Life won't wait for you.

Indeed. - Userguy44

22 There is such a thing as an age appropriate TV show.

No there's not. My youngest little bro (he's 11) watches Rick and Morty as well as robot chicken. Cuss words are just words. Kids are gonna be learning about sexual stuff soon. - DumbWays2DieFan

I think this would be more appropriate for a Top Ten list of things parents should know.

Which is what Disney1994 needs to learn about with South Park and Family Guy.

I'm not just talking about watching those T.V. -MA shows where you learn a few new words and see someone die in a grisly new way. I'm also referring to watching, or caring at all about, a T.V. show meant for children who are barely developing (Caillou, Arthur, Dora.. Etc). If you are older than the animated, main star of the show, you probably shouldn't be watching it - unless you have some developmental issues and are trying to catch up to the other kids your age.

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23 Family is important, but you have no obligation to people who don't treat you well.
24 Global warming is not a myth

But humans aren't the only cause for it. - LordDovahkiin

25 Anime and Video Games aren't real.


I think this basically speaks for itself but regardless, many kids these days have yet to understand that no matter how many animated shows they watch or how many hours of games they play, eventually, they are going to have to interact with real human beings. Forming connections with real people is both better for their own future, as well as better for society. Drop the fantasies.

Well as much as I like fantasies I do know that none of them are real. As much as I love things like Avatar: The Last Airbender or The Secret Series or things like Marvel, I do know that they're not real. I know that they have taught me some things and I can bond with my (one) friend about a fair amount of fantasy things, but even then I know that all of those fantasies aren't real and that it will be better to make connections with real people. - Anonymousxcxc

I think this is obvious - TwilightKitsune

Saving the mushroom kingdom...
Traveling and exploring Hyrule... and...
Becoming a Pokemon trainer weren't real?!

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26 Appearance doesn't matter.

Yes it does

As a kid, (14) I have always understood that.

It does to girls. Not to me though. Unless they have gross stuff like lipstick. - DumbWays2DieFan

For me, I don’t care how other people look, but I care how I look because I never actually look good, unless trash cans are considered beautiful nowadays.

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27 Ambition makes you look pretty ugly.

Kicking, squealing Gucci little piggy. - xandermartin98

28 The earth matters. Protect her.

Yes! Native Americans!

It does. Remember this. - TwilightKitsune

Her? Who's her? Lol just kidding. I was representing a normal kid - AnonymousChick

29 Have respect for yourself

I don’t really care about myself that much.

30 Not all communication is done on a screen.

Yes it can be. Don't try destroying tech. The only way tech is ruining the world is with auto tune and stupid things like dabbing. - DumbWays2DieFan

I'm pretty sure the world knows this.

This is downright offensive - Nayan2003

Internet forums, chat rooms, YouTube comments, phone texts, emails, profile pages... Do you know how stupid you're going to look when you write a note to your future boss on a piece of paper and "U rite liek this? What? LOL" Those aren't even words. Learn to speak, learn to spell without having a spellchecker, and learn to think outside of a URL.

31 One day you will have responsibilities.

That's right. One day you'll have bills to pay, insurance to keep updated, forms to fill in, decisions to make, food to make, clothes to wash, utilities to set up at a new house or apartment, repairs to make, gas to buy... It is true that youth is wasted on the young in that kids squander their youthful freedoms by complaining about the few things asked of them by parents and teachers all the while not using their free time to better themselves for the journey ahead. Life gets a whole lot harder as you grow up but only for those who are unprepared.

This is rather important. I know I will end up doing these things soon... - Turkeyasylum

32 Don't spend your entire life hating and hurting God

Even if you are an Atheist, don't even think about blaming your everyday problems on God. I'm and Atheist and when I did once and I've been going through really hard times. I know I'm an Atheist and I don't believe in God, but you can't just blame all your problems on something you don't believe in. Not only does it make you look stupid and irrational, but it also makes you look embarrassing.

I'm an atheist but I never spend my time hating and blaming God for everything. I tried it once and I've been having some very bad luck. Don't even try it. I'm telling you the truth. Really I am.

I'm atheist and I once tried blaming my everyday problems on God. But then my life became hard so I stopped blaming my stuff on God and my life started to get more easier.

You're not an Atheist if you hate God. Or if you blame him on your everyday problems.

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33 Where babies come from.

Um, no.

Well, they should wait until they’re older. They shouldn’t be introduced to sex too early. - JoeBoi

There are more teenage girls who are getting pregnant. I know like 8 girls at my school who are pregnant. It's just getting worse and worse.

I think they already know without telling you, they're trying to test that theory - SirSkeletorThe3rd

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34 The world does not revolve around you.

It really doesn't. The sun rises and sets every day. The world is still spinning. It doesn't matter what problem you have because the world will still spin and there will still be countless amounts of people doing their own thing not caring about any little problem you have. - Anonymousxcxc

35 Homework should be routine.

It sucks. It should be gone. Especially if it's about useless things. I do most of mine in school. - DumbWays2DieFan

Until after college, we're still going to have to deal with it. And after COLLEGE, some jobs require working at home. I doubt there'll ever be escape from homework... Teachers grade papers, some jobs having an extra online component, business trips, etc... It's inevitable if you want to make a living. - Turkeyasylum

36 Drugs kill.
37 Always be a kid at heart but be an adult in your mind.

Being a kid sucks though. We get no freedom. - DumbWays2DieFan

38 It's damaging to encourage bad behavior in people.

And don't "justify" bad behavior in yourself.

I never encourage bad behavior in anyone. It really isn't worth it.

39 Sexually transmitted diseases are real
40 Forget about the past.

Let the past die, it is the only way to become what your meant to be

I agree. We shouldn't have history class. - DumbWays2DieFan

Some things should never be forgotten. - LordDovahkiin

Other people don’t. I hate December 2017. I wish it never happened.

41 The media is not an excuse to be violent.

Of course it isn't. People need to realize that violent media is in no way an excuse to be violent. Sure violence in movies may look cool but this is real life. Let's not treat real life like a violent action movie.

That goes the same for music, video games, and books.

42 You can't get what you want by crying and whining over it.
43 Things like books, movies, and music artists don't save your life. You save your life.

But their music can inspire you and make you want to live.

Sometimes they do. - DumbWays2DieFan

44 Fairy Tales are not real
45 Just because you were influenced by a certain kind of person (an artist, an activist, etc) doesn't mean you have to hold onto that kind of person forever
46 Don't take things too seriously

Why is this on here twice?

47 Be honest about the choices you make
48 Life isn't always fun and games
49 Decency is really important
50 Forget about the past, but don't forget what it taught you

If it's useless like area of pyramid or French Revolution, forget it. - DumbWays2DieFan

Very true.

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1. Education matters.
2. "Nobody's Perfect" is not an excuse
3. Age doesn't matter. Maturity matters
1. Gender is a spectrum, not a binary.
2. Compassion will always get you farther than apathy.
3. You are where you are because of privilege and oppression dynamics. It's important to help the less fortunate in a systemic way.
1. Gender is a spectrum, not a binary.
2. Compassion will always get you farther than apathy.
3. You are where you are because of privilege and oppression dynamics. It's important to help the less fortunate in a systemic way.



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