Life Lessons Learned From My Mom And Dad
Turns Out My Parents Are Pretty Smart
M other taught me to love and serve
O thers first and to not be
M ean-spirited but kind-hearted.
M oney does not grow on trees. Be frugal with what you have. Do not be afraid of hard work.
Y elling is not always necessary to get your point across. Loud does not equate right.
D addy wanted me to understand we
A ll are God's creation and
D eserve to be treated with kindness and
D ignity and respect and understanding. We have
Y ears to live on this planet, not forever. You need to make the time you have matter.
P ets add so much joy to your life, not to mention responsibility.
A nimals teach you to love those who cannot do for themselves.
R ise and shine, bright and
E arly, don't sleep all day. Enjoy life today. Go make someone else's day joyful. Hugs are a language that everyone understands.
N ever let an opportunity slip by to tell someone how special they are to you. Everyone needs to know they matter to someone. Love is most powerful when given away.
T oo much of anything is not good for you.
S ometimes life won't go according to plan. Be flexible and keep trying.
F amily comes first and will always be there.
R emember to say please and thank you.
I gnoring problems will only make them bigger.
E nemies deserve a second chance
N ot a fist sandwich, especially if the enemy is your brother.
D elight those around you with laughter and love. Learn to tell a good joke.
S unlight is good for you. Go outside and play everyday.
Growing up is hard. I thought my parents were silly and had no idea what they were talking about. As I get older, I realize what smart people my parents are. They have apologized to me and my brothers for not being great parents. I really do not understand why they think that. My parents were strict but we never wondered if they loved us. My parents took time to teach us wrong from right. They took time to be involved in our lives. That was the most wonderful part of our upbringing. Mom and Dad gave us a place of unending acceptance and belonging. They instilled some wonderful lessons in us, making us aware that life is more than about what we want.
Thank you Mom and Dad for seeing a decent person inside of me and for never giving up on being parents even if it meant you weren't well-liked at times. I am proud to count you both as friends, not just parents. I think you did and continue to do a terrific job at one of the hardest jobs in life.
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