Having heard stories about how expensive law school can be and coming to the realization that working while in law school was not a possibility, I decided to take a job working in an oil field the summer before I began law school. For those who don’t know, the companies that work in the oil field have a lot of money. As in, more money than they really know what to do with, which means that many of the employees in the oil field make some pretty good cash while they’re there. The trade-off for that big paycheck is that you have to put up with a pretty crappy atmosphere.
My first week in the oil field was a real eye-opening experience. I had never been verbally berated before to the point that I hated everything about my job. The verbal abuse was loud, frequent, uncalled-for, and threatening. For one guy in the oil field, verbal abuse wasn’t enough. That guy decided to use physical force while he verbally berated me. After two weeks of working in the oil field, I was ready to quit.
Thankfully, things turned around for me that next day, and I now somewhat miss working in the oil field. As destructive an atmosphere as the oil field was, I learned some lessons that I’ve applied to how I raise my kids. Considering that the supervisors treated all of their employees as if they were children, there were a lot of lessons to learn about what to do — and what not to do — when raising kids. Here are the 8 things I learned about parenting while working in the oil field:
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