Parents Know Best: The Contest Winners

New York Times
April 17, 2008, 12:50 pm

The Well blog was packed with parental wisdom last week as readers submitted their entries for our “What Kids Need to Know” contest. The contest was based on the story of Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon University professor with terminal cancer who became a media sensation after giving a last lecture about achieving childhood dreams. Dr. Pausch says the lecture and a best-selling book based on the talk are his effort to distill a lifetime of fatherly advice for his kids since he won’t be around to raise them.

I asked readers to share their own examples of great parental advice, either dispensed or received. If you were diagnosed with a terminal illness, what advice would you leave with your kids? Nearly 500 readers responded with their own amazing pearls of wisdom.

Some of it was practical: