When a child grows up into a teenager and then that teenager grows into an adult, there comes a period for almost everyone when you want to try out some stuff on your own, and do things because you want to do them, not because your parents told you. After all, once you've spent your whole life under their control, it's totally natural to want to rebel, at least a little.
However, just because you have the freedom to go against everything your parents ever taught you doesn't mean you should. It turns out, Mom and Dad were right about some things. A lot of things, actually.
Save money. Always save money.Whenever you get a paycheck or birthday money or whatever, always put a chunk of it in savings. You may not need it right now, but that's the point. It'll be there for you when you do need it.
Lying regularly only gets you into trouble.Everyone tells a little white lie from time to time, but most parents try to encourage their children to tell the truth whenever possible. It turns out, they were right about that one. Telling lies on the reg is a slippery slope that almost always leads to awkward situations, embarrassment, or worse.
It's better to give than to receive.Opening Christmas presents is fun, but it's even more fun watching everyone open the presents you bought them. As a kid, none of us ever thought that would be the case, but I guess maturity has a way of sneaking up on you.
Owning up to your mistakes is the only way to move on from them.Everyone screws up. That includes the countless little kids who broke a lamp after Mom forbade them to play football in the house or got into a fender bender when Dad said you couldn't borrow the car. Parents make us own up to those mistakes in the hopes that we'll learn how to take responsibility for other inevitable mistakes in the future.
Talking behind someone's back always comes around to get you in the end.Believe it or not, parents have been around the block a few times, and they've almost certainly made the same mistake. If you wouldn't want that person to hear what you said about them, best keep your mouth shut. Your reputation is everything, after all.
When it comes to friends, quality is more important than quantity.Even before Facebook was ever a thing, being the person with the largest collection of friends was something to aspire to. Hopefully your parents discouraged that mentality and instead encouraged you to be a good friend, because that's how you get good friends in return.
If it feels wrong, it probably is.Go with your gut, trust your instincts and all that stuff. It's cliché advice, but probably some of the most useful advice your parents ever gave you.
Stuff that's worth having rarely ever comes easily.Kids with parents who make them work for what they want will never be sorry for that upbringing because it prepares them for the real world. Everything comes with a price. If you didn't learn that when you were a kid, you probably had a rude awakening as an adult.
Hard work is something you will always be proud of.Work ethic is one of the most important things that parents can pass on to their children. Even though you might have thought they were just trying to torture you when the weekends of your youth were spent mowing the lawn and cleaning the house, the exact opposite is true. Your parents wanted you to be prepared for the hard work that comes with adulthood.
You will miss your siblings more than you think.You probably couldn't wait to move out and not have to deal with your siblings everyday, but your parents warned you that you'd miss the hell out of each other when that happened. Guess what. They were right.
You should always do your best in school.Is your GPA always going to be an important stat in your life when it comes to getting jobs and building relationships? Maybe not. But being a well-rounded, educated, disciplined person will always put you ahead.
It's best to just be yourself.It sounds like a song from Sesame Street, but the "be yourself" mantra is one that every kid, teenager, and adult should take to heart. When you were younger, your parents probably saw you through a number of adolescent phases where you were just trying to fit in with the crowd. Every single time they would tell you, "be yourself," but how long did it take before you realized they were actually right?
Yes, your parents do know best.How many times did your angsty teenage self want to scream at your parents, "You think you know everything, but you don't!" Maybe your parents don't know everything, but most of the time, they know way more than you do. That wisdom and experience is what helped them guide you for so many years. If you've never taken the time to tell your parents just how right they were about almost everything, tell them. They'll appreciate it more than you know.