5 Timely Lessons Learned From My Parents
You might be saying yourself, I do not want to be anything like my parents. On the other hand you could be thinking, I love how my parents raised me.
No matter how you grew up, your parents wanted to raise unbelievable children and did their best.
As many parents reading this understand, children do not come with a instruction manual, so everyday is a new day to learn how to raise children.
Growing up your parents wanted to teach you all they could so you could be a productive part of society.
In this blog article we go over, 5 lessons my parents thought me that I would teach my children.
For a more in-depth understanding you can check out a podcast on UsingYourPower.com which expands on this blog in more detail:
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What life lessons do you want to teach your children? Have you thought about this question?
Can you recall any life lessons your parents or guardian thought you as you were growing up? Would you teach those recommendations to your children?
Below are 5 lessons my parents thought me as I was growing up. Perhaps you can take one of these lessons and use it with your family.
Growing up in Montreal, Canada we went through two recessions and my parents lost the family business.
When my sister and I got our first job my dad did his best to teach us about money.
He thought us that our money was, “Family” money and family money was, “Mine” money.
This means if anyone in the family needed money we would give it to the other person, not lead it. There were no expectations on getting it back.
This was a different way to think about money. The reason this way of thinking worked for my family is, my sister and I understood that everything my parents worked hard to create would be ours some day.
So why would we not help our parents? We understood our parents were building our inheritance and it was our responsibility to help them.
Helping The Kids
No matter how old you are you may have experience hard times. In those hard times you may have reached out to your parents and asked for help.
If your parents could help, they probably did.
My parents though me that no matter what challenges I face in life they would always be there to help me, if I needed them.
That means I could work hard, take chances and even experience failures and know without a shadow of a doubt that my parents would be my support.
This makes life so much easier when you know you can go out and create the life you want and your parents are there to help you along the way.
Why else did they give birth to us? or Why did you give birth to your children?
If you have an opportunity, travel as much as you can with your kids. Not only do you show them the world outside the city you live in, you teach them about other people.
In 2002, our family of four traveled to India. This is where my parents were born, grew up and have many of their memorable experiences before my sister and I were born.
The experience gave me an appreciation for my family history. I also had the change to learn about culture, religion, poverty and learned how well of I was in Canada.
This single experience connected me to my family. I still remember the vacation very vividly and often think about the wonderful family trip we took. All thew memories we created and how I would love to do the same trip with my kids in the future.
If my parents had not taken us to India, I can most certainly say, I most likely would have not gone at the age of 24. Funny thing, I have not been back since.
You can probably hear your mother’s voice now as she says, “I don’t want you to play with”, insert the name of the person your mom did want you to hang around with.
Maybe she thought they were a bad influence. I can’t say for sure, but a mothers intuition is remarkable.
When you were young you hear that statement and defy your parents. How could you not hang out with that boy or girl your parents said not to hang out with?
When we grow up we realize they might have had a point.
In life it is important to choose your friends wisely. You many have heard the statement by motivational speaker Jim Rohn when we said, “We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.”
When you choose your friends correctly you also end up choosing the right life partner, business partner, live by the right morals and have better life experiences.
Growing up my parents never told me to have my own business. They told go to school, get a good job and crave out a good living.
But by their actions I learned having my own business was important. Growing up my parents had their own import and export business.
This is where I noticed my parents did not work for anyone but they worked for themselves. From an early age I noticed that having your own business was not easy. It took work to make a success of the business.
I have worked for many companies and am in the midst of building my brand with Discover Your Life Today and UsingYourPower.com.
Having your own business is hard work and it take time to build something of value, but so does having a brick and mortar business.
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