As I work every day to raise and teach my kids, I rely heavily on the way I was raised. I guess most of us do. Sometimes I copy the parenting decisions that my parents made, sometimes not. I’m sure that many parents have felt and done the same thing for centuries. Some things that I have learned from my Daddy:
Sometimes to feed your family, you work at a job that you are clearly overqualified for, even if it isn’t too much fun.
Sometimes to feed your family, you work more hours than anybody should.
Sometimes you use one of your few days off spending time with your spouse’s family on a Sunday afternoon because it’s the right thing to do.
Find a way to make people smile, and pretty soon, they will laugh.
Every now and then, do something that you enjoy and that gives you a minute to think big (or small) thoughts. Getting out in the woods is just good for you.
Take care of your Mama and Daddy.
Make your kids feel like they can do anything, then teach them to work hard enough to really do it.
Enjoy your grandkids like you wish you had enjoyed your own kids while you were doing the best you could working and raising them.
Check the oil in your car.
If the engine light comes on, get it checked.
Save 1/2 of every paycheck. ( I don’t actually do this, but do save …)
Call your grown kids and grandkids and talk to them about absolute nothing. They might just like to hear about your loafering stories. I know I appreciate it when Poppa and Vee comes up on my phone…
And as you ready this , ..” If the truth hurts, draw up…”:)
Happy Birthday Daddy