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Important Lessons Learned from grandparents
From the day I was born till I got married, I have always lived with my grandparents, which is about 23 years.
I was lucky to have observed them and learned "How to be" and "How not to be" as well! Let me list out some of the things I learned from them:
1. Love your kids more than yourself
Once you become parents, you should give more importance to your kids than to yourself. Love them with all you have. Become selfless and do everything that you can do to them. Spend quality time with them and discuss issues that make them understand the morals of life
2. Save money effectively
Do not become a spend thrift and suffer later is one very important thing that my grandfather taught me by his actions. Do not take loans for anything, as whatever makes you take a loan is not necessary for you. Save as efficiently and as effectively as you can for a comfortable old age.
3. Lead a simple life
Do not live an extravagant life unnecessarily and try leading a simple life. This, in the long run makes you lead a happy and peaceful life.
4. Actions speak louder than Words
If you want someone to understand your principle or make them follow it, advising is not going to work. Live the life you want the other person to lead and be a role model.
5. Planning is very crucial
Planning is very important in life and this helps you to be systematic in everything and avoids unnecessary chaos or confusion.
6. Culture and Tradition should be preserved
Learning one's culture and traditions is very important is what the grandparents tell every grandchild. They never want the kid to move away from the culture that has been in the family for years
7 Leading a healthy life style
Eating and sleeping on time is on other thing that I learned from my grandparents. Eating a balanced healthy diet at right intervals of time and sleeping peacefully for 7 hours everyday ensures a happy lifestyle. Drinking adequate water is another important thing.
8. Exercise is the magic word
Exercising everyday, be it walking, cycling or yoga keeps you fit. My grandparents had a healthy old age, thanks to the exercise that they had in their young age, They are in fact much healthy than the next generation.
9. Do your own work
Washing your own clothes and drying them, washing your plates after food, cleaning your bike/cycle and other activities of yours should be done by yourself. This gives you self discipline, which is very important
10. Reduce wastage in any form
This is perhaps the best thing I ever learned! Wastage of anything was not accepted by my grand father, be it water, food, electricity or even time!
By watching them and listening to them, I understood a lot of things in life and many moral values got imbibed inside me.
With increase in nuclear families, a lot of children are deprived this valuable benefit of learning from grandparents and miss their love and affection.