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Life Lessons Learned From My Mom And Dad

Updated on October 6, 2011

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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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Brian, thanks for reading and commenting. I am glad you enjoyed this.

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      Brian Burton 6 years ago

      Very nice article. Great to see family, friends, kindness, as the priorities over material possessions. Also love that line about "too much of anything is not good" so much truth in that. Fantastic.

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Mr. Smith, thanks for reading and commenting. I agree the world would be a better place if everyone taught their children to treat those around them with dignity, respect and understanding. I also agree with your kudos to mom and dad. I'm not a parent except for animals. From talking with my parents, it sounds like one tough job. Kudos to you for raising daughters.

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      Mr. Smith 6 years ago from California

      Dignity, Respect, Understanding. Every Father should teach those. This world would be far different. Beautifully written. Kudos to Mom and Dad.

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Delmer, thanks for the kind words. I appreciate that I wrote something for you to enjoy.

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Hunnbel, thanks for the follow and for reading and commenting. I am glad you enjoyed this. It is my pleasure to follow you also on Hubpages.

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      gmwilliams, thanks for reading and commenting. My brothers are good sons. I try to be a good daughter. I fail greatly. Thanks for the well wishes. I really appreciate that. Blessings to you also.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 6 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      You are a good son. God bless you.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      WoW! I am glad that I stumbled upon this hub. These were great lessons and you wrote them so beautifully and creatively that you are now in the list of my most favourite writers at hubpages now. Well done, keep up the good work. Voted up and across the board.

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      delmer47 6 years ago from Nebraska

      Wonderful hub...voted up and beautiful......

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      K, thanks for reading and I am glad you enjoyed. Attila the Hun sounds like an apt description for what I thought of my dad too as I was growing up. I am so glad for that now though. My parents were parents knowing they did not need me to be their friend when I was a child. Their parenting style grew me into their friend when I am older and realize how much they did and still care. I appreciate the votes.

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      Kristen Burns-Darling 6 years ago from Orange County, California

      A beautiful tribute to your parents. As a child I idolized my parents, as a teenager I thought that my father was Attila the Hun, I had more chores, more rules, an earlier curfew, more restrictions and less freedom than did any of my friends. I was nineteen or twenty when I noticed that of the kids who I had envied for having the "cool" parents, most of them, hadn't gone to college, were living with their parents, working in dead end jobs, some of them were in jail, a couple were even in prison, that I realized I was a lucky girl indeed, my father loved me enough to discipline me, he wasn't being overbearing, he wanted me to succeed. Your parents were wonderful parents, I know because they inspired you to write this hub. Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.