I thought I would give it a go.
(I hasten to add my “top 5″ will be dynamic and ever-changing. But what follows is true for me in April 2012)
So. I hope my daughters:
UNDERSTAND the human condition – that they are part mammal and part angel – and that both are fine!
APPRECIATE that the kindness of strangers is to be received with a glad heart – and offered back in buckets.
GET that they can do anything with their life. I mean anything!
LEARN (from A. A. Milne) that “weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them”.
DISCOVER their own particular gift(s) and not let them lie dormant.
…and if my darling daughters stumble across this post in 30 years time and think “what a load of tosh! – all he did was nag us about eating at the table and having tidy bedrooms” then I hope that they will appreciate that dad too was just a mammal trying to find some peace and quiet in his cave.