Hi Dr. Laura,
As an older adult now, I have to say the hardest lesson I have learned is that all actions have consequences. When we're young we don't always see the big picture and therefore say and do hurtful things not ever suspecting that one day those comments and actions will come back to haunt us. Although I'm a Christian and know that I have been forgiven for comments and deeds in my past, there is still a sense of shame I will have to carry throughout the rest of my life.
I have talked to each of my kids and tried to instill in them to think about the effects of decisions they make so hopefully they won't have to carry around this burden with them when they are older.
Thanks for all you do, Dr. Laura!!