Dadvice: #1 On treating your Parents
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Things that you want to make sure your kids know …or not know
Often times in life, we take a look back on things that we’ve done and thought – “if I only knew, I might have done better…” This realization is not bad, when you think about it, it’s actually edification. It means that you’ve now learned something new, which you didn’t know before. Knowledge is Power. And as a 90’s kid, I’ve come to realize that there is wisdom in what my favorite cartoon show always says – “Knowing is half the battle”.
Although it is true that experience is the best teacher, it doesn’t just have to be only your own experience that you should rely on to teach you. We can also learn lessons from experiences of other people, and use it to our advantage.
In this section of Daddy said, I would like to give my kids that advantage and impart to them some of the important life lessons, and “life-hacks”, that I’ve learned in my life as well as from others. Though some of these things may seem to be ‘common sense’ to us parents, at times, we tend to forget that our kids don’t know these things yet. They could greatly learn from it and it may help improve their perspective in life.
Please join me as I share to my kids the stuff that they should know (or maybe shouldn’t know yet) about the birds and the bees, and the flowers and the trees… And who knows, maybe you and your kids can share some of your life lessons too.
For today’s post…
#1 On treating your Parents
Always love and respect them period. Yes, it’s true that sometimes we might do some things that seem unfair to you, but do trust that we always have your best interest at heart. I’ve loved you from the day you were born and will continue to do so until my dying breath, no intermissions in between. It is the same with your mom, and your grandparents as well. You may not always see it, but your mom and I love and respect our parents very much too. They have been there for us, with love, patience, and understanding, holding our hands, ever since we could remember. And this is the same promise that we make to you. When all the world comes crumbling down, we are the ones who will always be here for you… near, far, and wherever you are.
And the next time you get to talk with your parents or elders, take time to listen. There are a lot of things they can teach us, simply by telling us the consequences of what they did, or did not do, in their lives. Reciprocate with love, compassion and most of all, with respect.