The Things I Owe My Parents

  1. My Parents taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE : “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside – I just finished cleaning.”
  2. My Parents taught me RELIGION : “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
  3. My Parents taught me about TIME TRAVEL : “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”
  4. My Parents taught me LOGIC : “Because I said so, that’s why.”
  5. My Parents taught me MORE LOGIC_* . “If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”
  6. My Parents taught me FORESIGHT : “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”
  7. My Parents taught me IRONY : “Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”
  8. My Parents taught me about the science of OSMOSIS : “Shut your mouth and eat your supper”
  9. My Parents taught me about CONTORTIONISM : “Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”
  10. My Parents taught me about STAMINA : “You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”
  11. My Parents taught me about WEATHER : “This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.”
  12. My Parents taught me about HYPOCRISY : “If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!”
  13. My Parents taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE : “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”
  14. My Parents taught me about BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION : “Stop acting like your father!”
  15. My Parents taught me about ENVY : “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”
  16. My Parents taught me about ANTICIPATION : “Just wait until we get home.”
  17. My Parents taught me about RECEIVING : “You are going to get it when you get home!”
  18. My Parents taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE : “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way.”
  19. My Parents taught me ESP : “Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?”
  20. My Parents taught me HUMOUR_.* “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”
  21. My Parents taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT : “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”
  22. My Parents taught me GENETICS : “You’re just like your father.”
  23. My Parents taught me about my ROOTS : “Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?”
  24. My Parents taught me WISDOM : “When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”
  25. My Parents taught me about JUSTICE : “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!”

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Does it seem like parenting has gotten more complicated? I mean, as far as I can tell, back in the day parents basically tried to feed their kids, clothe them, and keep them away from explosives. Now our kids have to sleep on their backs (no wait, their tummies; no never mind, their backs), while listening to Baby Mozart surrounded by scenes of Starry, Starry Night. They have to be in piano lessons before they are five and can’t leave the car seat until they’re about five foot six.

It’s all so involved. There are so many rules and expectations. Kids can’t even eat sugar anymore. My parents were solid as a rock but we still had a cupboard populated with cereal royalty like Captain Crunch and Count Chocula. In our house the pebbles were fruity and the charms were lucky. The breakfast bowl was a place for marshmallows, not dried camping fruit. Our milk was 2%. And sometimes, if we needed to take the edge off a rough morning, we’d tempt fate and chug a little Vitamin D.

Source: The Gospel Coalition