Things I Learned From My Parents

By: Kaitlyn

I’ve never had an actual date on Valentine’s Day. And I thought I should probably write a post this we about self-love and how I’m the greatest date for myself on Valentine’s Day, etc, etc. But I’m pretty sure I have probably written that in the past.

Then I realized that growing up, I totally had dates every single year: my parents! Yes, that is so lame-sounding. But it’s true. Every year, growing up, they would give me a little bag of candy, tell me they loved me, and then they probably made a spaghetti dinner. That sounds like the perfect date to me. 

So this year, for Valentine’s Day, I wanted to celebrate my favorite dates. I wanted to make a list of a few things that I have learned from my parents in my lifetime of knowing them.

I love my parents because they have taught me: 

-When in doubt, make spaghetti for dinner.
-You should never take a family photo with a serious expression on your face.
-When someone asks for your opinion, be honest. They may not like it at first, but they will appreciate it before the end.
-Masculinity doesn’t mean being “macho” and “tough” all the time. Masculinity is the confidence to express your emotions and to be there for others when they need to express their emotions. Femininity is the exact same thing.
-You can be a strong woman and still like ruffles and polka-dots.
-Unrelenting praise never helps anyone.
-Practice, practice, practice, practice...and you’ll never be perfect, but practice, practice, practice.
-Boasting is just a manifestation of insecurity.
-Never gossip. It’s only unflattering to you.
-Gratitude is the greatest gift that only you can give yourself.

What have your parents taught you?

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