THINGS MY PARENTS DID WELL 📂
This is a really subjective list, but something I've been thinking about now that I have kids of my own. My parents were teenagers when they had me, and I am still amazed at how well they did (as parents - not so great as a couple, but that's a list for them to write).
- •Started our own traditions, unique to the 5 of us.
- •Told us we were beautiful.
- •Trusted us.
- •Treated us as individuals/respected our differences.
- •Let us make mistakes.
- •Minimized emphasis on material goods.They sort of had to because we didn't have any money, but we learned good values in this area as a result.
- •Encouraged us to play outside.
- •Supported our interests.
- •Never limited us because we were girls.My dad coached our sports teams, taught us how to change a tire, and made sure we appreciated the nuances of Formula 1 racing.
- •Insisted on family time.But not in a weird, strict way. More like, every so often we spent a day together that was just for us with no distractions.
- •Minded their own business about the little things but involved themselves in the big things.
- •Gave us loads of free/unstructured time to play.
- •Exposed us to art and music.Museums and watching the symphony on PBS come to mind.
- •Made reading a priority, and gave us access to books via our modest home library and frequent public library visits.And, we were allowed to read at the dinner table. 📚
- •Made it abundantly clear how much they loved us.
- •Lived by the motto "We're all in this together."My dad's favorite saying to this day. He is generous with his time - with us and with others - and this is always his reasoning.