You know how much parenting advice you dole out on the regular.
From clichés to repeating the things your own parents said, you’re always offering pearls of wisdom.
Last week I shared an intimate look into my formative years with My Parents Always Said…. As much as I enjoyed writing the piece, my parents seemed to enjoy it the most. No, not because they were featured on Babble in all their ’70’s glory, but because the post proved I was listening. All the times they thought their advice went in one ear and out an eye roll, I was actually listening.
Parents, let’s keep talking. Talking through the turned backs, eye rolls, and the too loud TV. Someday our kids will realize we were right. And boy, when they do we can feel good knowing we’ve done our part.
We asked our readers on Facebook for the best advice their parents offered; here are a few of our favorites:
“Nothing good ever happens after midnight.” via Meg
“To always go with my gut instincts. It took me a while to understand but… My gut never lies to me!” via Debbie
“THE HARDER THING TO DO IS ALWAYS THE RIGHT THING TO DO…AND DON’T EAT YELLOW SNOW” via Allison
“When I was 17 my Dad said that I had not yet met the person I would marry (because they did not like the boy I was dating) He was right!!” via Stephanie
“‘Not every person you meet is your ‘friend’. And another was, ‘You are guilty by association!'” via Melissa
We here at Babble can’t get enough of good old-fashioned parental advice. We asked our friends and fellow bloggers for the wisdom that shaped their formative years; these are their stories.
Buzz 1 of 11"Always treat the lowest person on the totem pole with the same respect as the person at the top. You never know when they'll be the boss."
Follow Buzz on Babble Kids!
Danielle 2 of 11"Stand your ground and be who you are!"
"Do not change for anyone - you are amazing. If people don't see that… F-'em!"
Learn more about Danielle on Babble's Toddler Times!
Julie 3 of 11Growing up, Julie's dad told her, "Not everyone is going to like you." She explains, "As a kid, the idea horrified me - why wouldn't someone like me?? I'm a nice person! He explained that it wouldn't matter how good a person you are, some people just won't jive with you. Although it's not advice per se, it's something I do keep in mind..."
Keep up with Julie on Babble's The Family Kitchen!
Danielle C. 4 of 11"[This is] the last pic of me & my mom. She always told me she loved me more than a million oceans."
Follow Danielle on Justdworld's Blog
Kathy 5 of 11"Take care of yourself. And nurture your happiness. Everything else will fall into place."
Get more Kathy on Babble's The Family Kitchen
Lane 6 of 11"Never run from your trouble because wherever you end up, you'll find it waiting for you. Just face it."
"There will always be someone a little smarter, a little faster, a little prettier than you, so get over worrying about that and just be the best you possible--no one can ever be a better you than you are."
Check out Lane on The Outside Lane
Mandy 7 of 11"Try and see the big picture. Don't stress out about the little stuff."
Learn more about Mandy on Babble's Kid Scoop
Marinka 8 of 11"If you ever have to pee, go pee. Don't wait for the urge to pass because it won't."
For more from Marinka, follow her on Babble's Kid Scoop
Michael 9 of 11"Say what you mean, and mean what you say."
"Turn the other cheek... but if they hit you again, deck them."
Read more from Michael on Babble's Dadding
Casey 10 of 11"Suck in your stomach and stand up straight."
Follow Casey on Babble's Kid Scoop
Laura 11 of 11"If you can't find a job.. create one."
"If you don't enjoy your work... change it."
"Life is short so be in charge of your own world and do the things you love."
Catch up with Laura on Babble's The Family Kitchen
What did your parents always say?
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