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Life Lessons Learned in Childhood

Posted on 07/29/2014

Talking about my dad in my last blog post got me thinking about life lessons learned in childhood. They tend to stick with you for the long haul. I know my parents taught me invaluable lessons that have lasted me a lifetime. I think the biggest one that I try to use every day is: “Those to whom much is given, much is expected in return.”

One other very important lesson my father taught me, as a business owner, he believed in being what he called “community minded.” It was good for the community as a whole, and also for the businesses he ran. I must agree, as a business owner for nearly 30 years, dad was right. It is very important.

I am incredibly grateful for my parent’s guidance and knowledge. I’ve often drawn upon that wisdom throughout my 82 years. I know when our children were small, my husband, Kelly and I often used those same lessons to teach our kids right from wrong.

One lesson comes to mind that we stressed with our kids is always do more than what it expected of you. This is especially true in the work world – work harder than the rest. You will be given greater responsibilities.
Other lessons we stressed on a daily basis include:

  • Get along with others.
  • Find the good in every situation.
  • Honesty is always the best policy.
  • Count your blessings and don’t focus on the negative.
  • Live every day to the fullest and make the best of each day.
  • Never give up!
  • Do onto others as you would have done onto you.
  • Invest your money wisely.
  • If you can’t pay for it, don’t buy it.
  • Go to college. Education is never a waste of money or time. 

All 5 of our kids went on to have their own children, and passed along the lessons learned so long ago during childhood. It made me proud to see them in the role of parents extolling the same advice we had given them. Now, one of our daughters is a grandparent to 5 small children, passing along the same advice she was given as a child.

Today, working side-by-side with my 3 daughters and now also my grandchildren, I am reminded almost on a daily basis the lessons that I passed along from one generation to the next.

Another lesson I strongly believe in is to not be afraid of hard work. I also believe in playing hard too, don’t get me wrong. But, that’s after the work is done. You must enjoy life and have fun. My mantra, “Nobody ever died from lack of sleep!” is well known. It goes hand-in-hand with the working hard lesson. Ask anyone and they will recite my mantra with ease.

Work ethics are learned by watching parents work hard and by having kids do small jobs. All of our kids helped out in my husband’s medical practice while growing up. Each child had his or her responsibilities after school, on weekends and each summer. They were given tasks according to their age and skills. This helped them develop invaluable work ethics and self confidence that have served them well in life.

I believe it’s a parent’s job to help shape their children to become productive, honest, hardworking adults who contribute to society. By providing positive lessons each day, parents accomplish so much not only for one generation, but also for generations to come.

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Tune into @ SiriusXM Urban View for the @ Maggie Linton Show this Thursday, July 31st at 10:00 AM CST to hear me live talk about starting my business and what drives me to do what I do!

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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tommy

October 21, 2014 03:16

Great read!


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