Things My Parents Taught Me

Recently a lady asked me, “What things did your parents say to you that you hated?” That is a thought provoking question and frankly, I did not really want to relive those things again, but I did. It did not take long to remember some things that they said. I thought to myself that I would never say them myself, but life has a way of bringing things out of us that we don’t like.

  • “Because I said so.” I particularly hated that one because it did not leave the door open for discussion. I knew if I said anything else my seat of learning might meet the board of education. Today I try to give kids the opportunity to dialog, but some kids just like to argue. For the debaters I sometimes have to resort to the “Because I said so” answer. In time they will hopefully understand the love and wisdom of my decision in their behalf.
  • “Don’t talk back to me.” This is the cousin of “Because I said so” and has the same effect of shutting down a discussion. I try to use it only as a last resort.
  • “Sit still!” This was an impossible task for me when I was little and it still is at times.
  • “Take your nap.” The funny thing is now I LOVE nap time. I just wish I could take them during the week.

Things they taught me that were good and have stuck with me all my life:

  • Love God and put Him first in all you do.
  • Love your family and be there for each other.
  • Be on time. That means be early.
  • Be thankful.
  • Take care of what you have.
  • Be a giver. Help those less fortunate.
  • Don’t be afraid to share your faith with others.
  • Spend time with the people you love because time goes by too quickly.
  • Develop strong friendships. Don’t take them for granted.
  • Use your God-given talents.
  • Work hard but enjoy the journey.
  • Pray without ceasing. Pray about everything and for everyone…especially our leaders.
  • Trust God’s Word.
  • Don’t live a life of fear or regret.
  • Respect others.
  • Respect yourself.


Dan Skognes

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