Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Gratitude

I was speaking with a friend last night and we started talking about our childhood. Every person I know has childhood experiences that are very unique, but because very few people grow up with multiple parents, they believe are ubiquitous experiences. "Your parents never shot at each other? I thought every parent did that." No sir, my parents didn't do that, and you should probably see a counselor.


I spent a lot of time with this book.

Thank God we grew into our heads.



Good ole' Encyclopedia Britannica!


All jokes aside, my friend looked at me in astonishment when I told her about the Super Workbooks my parents made us complete and the encyclopedia articles that we had to read out loud every Sunday. I was honestly surprised that she was surprised. I knew it wasn't a common experience, but I didn't think it was so unique. My parents made us embrace learning at a very early age, and the lessons my siblings and me learned were immense. I actually sat down and wrote a letter of gratitude to my dad this morning simply because I had to say thank you for making us work. It was a great experience for us, and we are all the better for it.

With that said, push your kids to work harder people! They will (literally) thank you for it one day. On a related note, don't be afraid to discipline your kids. Notice I didn't say whip (don't come for me CPS), but different kids respond differently to different types of discipline. As everything else in life, note what works for each child and adjust accordingly.

Okay, that's enough from me, back to dissertating.

Also, a great idea from StartUp Weekend Bloomington is called simplethankyou and you can just go and say what you are thankful for. They are great guys and you should check it out and say what you're thankful for. I already posted mine.




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