Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Part 2: I'm Glad My Parents..... College Freshmen Perspective

Perhaps you are feeling a bit discouraged after reading my students write about all the things they wish their parents had done differently to prepare them for the rest of their life. Here is the good news, there are many things their parents did right and that they are grateful for. Here they are!

I'm glad my parents:

  • Didn't punish me every time I made a mistake or got a bad grade.
  • Were honest, and didn't pretend that they were perfect teenagers.
  • Taught me to work for what I wanted instead of just expecting to get it.
  • Were always there for me.
  • Taught me about taking personal responsibility while still providing a support system.
  • Made me get a job.
  • Didn't embarrass me in public or with my friends.
  • Told me how proud they were of me.
  • Gave me space when necessary.
  • Have always been supportive and accepted my choices even if they disagreed.
  • Limited TV and computer use.
  • Made a home-cooked meal every night.
  • Made me work for my money.
  • Were on my ass about my grades.
  • Amazing listeners and gave extremely good advice.
  • Told me what I did wrong without hurting my self-esteem.
  • Made me do my homework.
  • Taught me self-respect.
  • Took time out to listen to my ideas and interests.
  • Pushed me to try new things.
  • Loved me and showed me they cared.
  • Taught me that nothing is handed to you in life.  
  • Told me to follow my dreams and be who I want to be.
  • Didn't necessarily punish me for the things I did wrong, but explained it was wrong and they were "disappointed."
  • Taught me to save money.
  • Were open about drinking, and weren't unrealistic about partying, and we could talk about it. 
  • Had a sense of humor.
  • Always ate dinner with me.
  • Spent time with me.
  • Let me learn on my own and made me independent.

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