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My Parents Always Said…

As far as parents go, I got really lucky.

My parents were loving, kind, and always firm, yet fair. As an only child, my parents worked hard to keep me motivated and inspired to be the best I could be.

From as early as I could remember I had chores, saved my money, and understood my parents’ expectations. They were traditional in their parenting methods but good on them; it worked.

Sometimes I think they were way better parents than I could ever be, but then I remember I was a perfect child and I feel a whole lot better.

While I have no doubt my children will grow up fine in spite of my inconsistencies, I often find myself relying on the wisdom of my parents as my guide.

Warning: It’s about to get all shag carpet/harvest gold/1970′s up in here; you’ve been warned.


  • No one will ever love you more than I do 1 of 19
    No one will ever love you more than I do
    You've gotta love the daddy sentiment of this one. No doubt about it, daddy/daughter love is the real deal.
  • Things are always worse at night 2 of 19
    Things are always worse at night
    No good ever came from trying to solve a problem when you were exhausted. My mom always said things would be clearer in the morning; she was right.
  • Every day is Kid’s Day 3 of 19
    Every day is Kid's Day
    Bitter on one particular Mother's Day, I asked my dad why kids don't get their own special day. In true Dad form he informed me that every day was Kid's Day. Now that I'm a parent, I totally get it.
  • Crying will make you feel better 4 of 19
    Crying will make you feel better
    God bless my mom for always giving me permission to cry; even today.
  • Don’t wish your life away 5 of 19
    Don't wish your life away
    I grew up always wishing to be older with my mom forever reminding me to slow down.
  • All you can do is your best 6 of 19
    All you can do is your best
    My mom never expected more than I was able to give as my personal best, even when it meant a C- in Pre-Algebra.
  • Kids don’t get a vote 7 of 19
    Kids don't get a vote
    My dad made it clear from a young age that our household was not a democracy. I use this one on my own kids pretty often.
  • It takes pain to be beautiful 8 of 19
    It takes pain to be beautiful
    My mom was famous for this phrase. Check me out looking all kinds of rad in the mid-80's. I have no doubt curls like this were the direct result of a painful encounter with a curling iron.
  • It’s good to want 9 of 19
    It's good to want
    As an only child, my dad believed that just because they could spoil me didn't mean they should. Sucked to be me. Just kidding...sorta.
  • You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose… 10 of 19
    You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose...
    but you can't pick your friend's nose. It was funny then, and dammit, it's funny now.
  • A girl has no business being out past midnight 11 of 19
    A girl has no business being out past midnight
    I was a 20 year old college student living at home with a curfew. Yeah, you read that right. Thanks Mom.
  • It is what it is 12 of 19
    It is what it is
    This was my dad's polite way of telling me to get over it.
  • You’ll thank me later 13 of 19
    You'll thank me later
    Here my mom and I sit at the very piano I sat at for eight years of piano lessons as a child. She swore I'd thank her later for those lessons. I wonder if she's still waiting...
  • I win the lottery every time I don’t play 14 of 19
    I win the lottery every time I don't play
    I cannot wait to win the Mega-Millions just to prove him wrong on this one.
  • Nobody said it was easy 15 of 19
    Nobody said it was easy
    Whenever I whined to my mom about First World problems, she always reminded me nobody said it was easy...although I'm pretty sure somebody said it once.
  • Your children are always smarter than you think 16 of 19
    Your children are always smarter than you think
    As a parent I'm still not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.
  • How much do you really need? 17 of 19
    How much do you really need?
    Society has programmed us to never be satisfied. Happiness is a simple. Thanks for the reminder, Mom.
  • Because nice matters 18 of 19
    Because nice matters
    He's right. Nice does matter.
  • Everything comes with a price 19 of 19
    Everything comes with a price
    Be careful what you take and who you take it from. Feeling indebted is emotionally expensive.

What did your mom and dad always say while you were growing up?

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