I would teach them how to sell
Certain things -- compassion, empathy, respect -- are essentially inate in children raised in a loving environment where these personality traits are both present and admired. I feel it is our job as parents to teach our children how to be effective adults, and one skill I notice is sadly lacking in both children and adults is how to do a good sales job.
When I want sushi and my husband wants Indian, the winner is the one who does a better sales job. When I want a raise, my chances of success are determined by my ability to sell. If my kid wants to go to the dance or the mall or the hockey game, they`re not going to get anywhere with whining or complaining or begging -- they are going to succeed by selling me on it.
When my kids grow up, I want them to be able to have anything they want. Whether they want to be the president of a bank or secure millions for their charity or draw charicatures at state fairs or get the funniest girl in school to go out with them, they`re going to get it by sales.