Lately, topics on being a parent or how to be a parent has been popping up around me. I don't have to tell you all that with having a baby means becoming a parenting. I don't think a good parent just happens either. You have to decide what type of parent do you and your spouse want to be, a helicopter parent, a best friend type of parent or I am the parent you are the child type of parent.
Additionally, I thought of the important lessons my parents taught me growing up that I hope Sean and I will pass onto our kid(s).
A few of the lessons my parents taught me still stick with me today.
The first lesson my parents instilled in me is how important education is: my dad has his PhD and my mom has her Masters degree. As a result of this lesson, I have my Masters degree. Sean just finished up his Masters degree too earlier this year. Education wasn't just about going to school and and getting a degree but engaging in what you are studying and for me in college, it was about helping to pay for part of my college education.
The second lesson that my parents taught me was exercise, getting out and taking care of your body on an almost daily basis. My mom went on her morning walks, my dad ran for years now he plays tennis on the weekends and bike rides and swims. My mom summed up my father perfectly in a phone conversation the other day, she said he is like the energizer bunny. My dad just loves exercise.
The third lesson that my parents instilled in me is following through on what you started. I remember how I played on a soccer team for one season. It was my first time playing and I didn't like soccer at all I realized. Was I allowed to give up? Nope. I had to finish out the season because it was the right thing to do. Quitting the season halfway through just because I didn't like it was considered selfish and disrespectful to my other teammates. So I had to suck it up and finish out the season.