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Listography – Lessons I learned from my parents

July 31, 2011

Kate from Kate Takes 5 has done a Listography – Lessons I learned from my parents and she says, ‘Now it’s your turn to delve into the depths of your childhood and drag forth those life lessons that made you who you are today.’ So here goes:

  1. Girls are as good as boys and vice versa – so it was fine for me to do a physics degree and now I’ve got a senior job whilst H has a career break and looks after our son. And I’m not freaked out if a man wants to wear nail varnish or do anything else traditionally regarded as ‘feminine’
  2. Books are fantastic – you can use them to escape from reality, or learn stuff, or explore different perspectives
  3. Someone else could be using that – don’t hang on to stuff (even books!) that you’re not using, pass it on to someone else, take it to a charity shop, freecycle it, eBay it or whatever
  4. Marriage can be hard work but it’s worth working at – big rows are not fatal, so long as you both agree that you’re better as a team than on your own
  5. You don’t have to be perfect, we’ll love you anyway – that’s not to say my parents have been totally happy with everything I’ve ever done, but it’s been good to know that I’ve always had their support.

I want to teach my son similar things. But with a minor modification to point 3. Save the occasional thing for sentimental reasons, if you really want to. I’m so glad that my sister Lucy saved my teddy from being cleared out when I was a kid!

What do you think? What did you learn from your parents and what lessons from them do you want to pass on to the next generation? Either comment here or do your own post and add a link to Kate’s linky at the bottom of her post.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2011 7:04 pm

    Now there’s a list. All great lessons to learn and pass on. BTW you made this listography by the skin of your teeth ’cause I was late putting up the next one! Glad you did though. x

  2. August 2, 2011 7:52 pm

    Thanks Kate! I’ve also had nice feedback from a couple of my sisters and my dad. It was a very thought-provoking topic!

    (I’m not surprised about getting in this listography by the skin of my teeth – I suspected that I might be running out of time and put the post together quite quickly to try to get it done before you closed the linky.)

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