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Do parental words of wisdom stick in your mind?

Asked by Sunny2 (18691 points ) November 20th, 2011

Parents often give their kids advice. Some of it goes in one ear and out the other. Do you have any such advice that stuck and you took to heart? What age were you when you heard it?

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JilltheTooth's avatar

I remember my Dad saying: “Don’t tell me why you can’t. Tell me how you can!” I would say that to KatawaGrey. Damn, I miss my Dad!

MilkyWay's avatar

Nope.
Most of the stuff that comes out of my parent’s mouths is crap.

Blackberry's avatar

I’m really glad my mom stressed the importance of not having kids young.

kalrbing's avatar

YES, I’m only 22, but my parents told me to be a lady SO MANY TIMES. I now see it in more ways than one. My mom always told to work harder than I feel like I have to and I’ll be ahead in some way. Man, I love my parents! Its like, I hated them when they were telling me, but I love that they did it now

SuperMouse's avatar

My old man’s mantra was “suck it up and go on.” I still live that idea every single day. His other favorite thing to say was “don’t ask a question if you don’t want to hear the answer.” I really can’t pin down an age I heard them, probably about 10 minutes old.

bobbinhood's avatar

My daddy always told me that life is an adventure. It’s not worth getting upset when things go wrong, just make the best of it because it’s one of the many adventures life throws at us.

@SuperMouse I love the second one. I think I might drill that one into my kids. I hate it when people ask questions that don’t actually want you to answer them.

creative1's avatar

As long as I can remember my mother always said if you say you can’t do something then you can’t, but if you say you can then you are able to do anything. I tell my daughter the same thing when she tells me she can’t do something.

john65pennington's avatar

“Remember the little engine that said, I think I can, I think I can”? Those were the words from my parents, since I was twelve years old. This meant I could do whatever I set my mind to do and they were correct. I knew what I wanted out of my life, so I went for it and won.

My parents also gave me a Mickey Mouse watch so, “you now have no excuses for being later for dinner at 5 o’clock”. I loved the watch, but I hated 5 o’clock.

gailcalled's avatar

My father was an emotionally distant and scary man to a young girl. He said “Don’t trust anyone.” “If something bad can happen, it will.” and “expect the worse.”

Sunny2's avatar

My parents weren’t the greatest at giving advice. I got most of it just by being around them.
One Thanksgiving when I was 25 or so, a girl friend and I made Thanksgiving dinner for ourselves. While the turkey was roasting, we decided to have a martini or two. We both fell fast asleep and the poor turkey was badly overcooked. When I told my mom about it, she gave me the best specific advice I remember: Always turn off the oven before martinis.

john65pennington's avatar

2nd Answer….......

“When in doubt….don’t”

No truer words were ever spoken.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

My mother told me ‘if you promise something, mean it and you better then follow through’ – I live by that.

blueiiznh's avatar

My Dad always would say “Keep your name clean, it’s the only one you have.”

Symbeline's avatar

My dad was all like, listen up, if you ever get lost, look for tall buildings, and then head in that direction.
Thanks, dad. Lol.

But nah, he gave me a lot of advice. I don’t always follow it, but I always remember and consider it.

JLeslie's avatar

My mom said, “don’t write anything down you don’t want people to know.”

My dad said, “money is not about buying things, it is about independence and freedom.”

My grandma said, “do what you want to do while you can do it.”

ucme's avatar

I used to sleep over my gran’s house as a kid once every 3 weeks, my 2 brothers & I would alternate on weekends.
At the end of the stay her & gramps would give me a small but nevertheless much appreciated sum of money. Anyway, this one time while I was packing up to leave, I hadn’t yet received any cash from my grandad. I told gran this & she gave me this pearl of wisdom….
“He who asks never gets!”
I didn’t & guess what? Went without….....gee thanks granny! :¬)

Seek's avatar

Only a few things, all from my father.

He was big on “No pain, no gain”, and adamant against jaywalking. I always use a crosswalk, and still want to yell at people I see jaywalking.
He always told me to “try everything twice. There are many things you won’t like until you get to know them”. That went for food, activities, and people.
Also, ” ‘ain’t’ ain’t a word. Don’t use it.” The man was a fan of grammar.

KaiyaLee's avatar

The things my parents told me didnt click until it was too late, but yes it’s stained in my mind now.

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