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Lessons My Caring Parents Taught Me!

Updated on May 2, 2012

Lessons My Parents Taught Me!

Once upon a time, I met with a particular parent of a student who was struggling in school. When I made a few suggestions on how this parent could help the student at home, the parent became very agitated. I was shocked with the statement directed at me from this parent- it went like this," I did not go to school to be a teacher....you did.....I never learned any of this in college because I didn't want to go to college to be a teacher.....you did......so it's YOUR job to help him/her." I explained to this parent that MY parents, despite the fact that neither one of them went to college, let alone graduated from college; therefore, they were not teachers either, taught me many valuable lessons!

My parents (even though they were not teachers) taught me time management, organizational strategies; they helped me study for tests (even if they had no clue what the symbol for NaCl really meant); they taught me life skills- how to tell time, how to balance a check book, how to read a bus schedule, how to do my taxes; they taught me pro-social skills- how to treat others respectfully, how to be patient, how to shake hands, how to make eye contact, how to make decisions, to always tell the truth, to know the difference between right and wrong, that there will always be consequences for my actions, and in some cases, there will not always be a second chance to go back and "fix" things; they taught me to be a good listener and appreciate others' opinions even if they differed from my own!

I actually felt sorry that this child didn't have the parents that I did; I will forever be grateful for the lessons my parents taught me (even if they weren't teachers themselves!)

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      I agree. Parents are a child's first teachers. Some of them have relinquished that responsibility to the schools.

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      FreezeFrame34 5 years ago from Charleston SC

      So sad and true!

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      Your story is all to common unfortunately. It sounds like you have amazing parents who really cared enough to make sure you received the life lessons you needed to be a successfull, confident adult. You are truely blessed!

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      Anne Pettit 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Some parents feel so oppressed, and are stretched so tight, they cannot see extending themselves any further, even if it's for their child they love. Consider their struggle. Maybe they met with you after no sleep because they work two jobs. Parents and teachers have to work together.

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      FreezeFrame34 5 years ago from Charleston SC

      I am grateful, thanks so much!!

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      FreezeFrame34 5 years ago from Charleston SC

      Absolutely we all have to work together! I am totally understanding of all situations and conditions beyond my control; I was just saying that a parent is (and should be) the child's first teacher. I am not expecting that all parents' homeschool; just that they understand that learning occurs everywhere-not just in school!

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      susanm23b 5 years ago

      It sounds as though you had great parents. I was once a teacher and interacted with many wonderful parents. I also met a few parents who simply "passed the buck" on rearing their children. It's sad.

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      hoteltravel 5 years ago from Thailand

      This is the attitude of most parents nowadays. Once they get their children admitted in good schools, they think their part of parenting is over. Parent has many roles in a child's life; the most important of them as a guide. Voted up and interesting.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Children learn so many things before they ever enter school and a parent's first and lasting job in addition to loving and caring for their children is to set good examples in life. It would appear that yours did all of that and more. They sound similar to my parents and for that, I will be forever grateful.

      Teachers can only do so much! A child's (and adult's...for that matter) education is a life long pursuit in one form or another and continues well beyond any formal classroom setting.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Lovie 2 years ago

      This arltcie keeps it real, no doubt.

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      Graceland 2 years ago

      It's much easier to unnadsterd when you put it that way!

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