Having Supportive Parents

Yes, Life Is Hard, But It's A LOT Easier To Handle When You Have Supportive Parents

I'd rather have parents as loving and caring as mine than all of the money or fame in the world.

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It wasn't until I got to college that I realized that a lot of people my age have a very poor relationship with their parents. Most days of the week, sometimes even all, they don't speak to their parents. The idea of going home over breaks and seeing their family is more hurtful than exciting to them. College is their safe haven simply because their parents aren't there.

That fact pains my heart because throughout every hardship I've faced in my life, my family, including my mom and my dad, have been the only ones unconditionally there for me. Even on the best of days, they were there to make me smile even wider. Knowing that it's pretty rare to have a relationship like I have with my parents makes me all the more grateful for the both of them.

I couldn't imagine a life without having a strong bond with my mom and dad. I love my parents as a moody, hormonal, teenage girl the same way I did when I was five years old. They've always been the people I could turn to for advice, a laugh, or anything else I may need. I know that they would do literally anything for me, and I would do the same.

We occasionally bicker like all teenage daughters and parents do, of course, but I couldn't imagine my parents not being the most important people in my life. I've heard so many stories of adult women who don't speak to their parents, meaning that their children will grow to never know their grandparents, and I always assure myself that I won't be like that.

I plan to always maintain this close relationship with my parents and I wouldn't change anything about it. When thinking about my future, I imagine living within a distance that I can still see them very often because I'll always be their baby girl. They'll always be my parents and even at age 50, I'll rely on them to tell me what to do when I'm in a pickle or cheer me up when I'm having a hard day.

It also wasn't until I began college that I truly grew to appreciate everything my parents have done for me, and that's one thing I will always be grateful to college for. Yes, I'm referring to laundry, preparing meals, and cleaning up the house, but more importantly, I grew extremely thankful that my parents are my best friends.

Moving into and attending college has honestly been the most stressful part of my life so far, and my parents made the experience many times easier for me by always providing someone to talk to when the pressure gets to be too much and reminding me that they'll always be there for me no matter what the outcome of my test scores are.

I'm aware that it's very cliché, but my parents truly have shaped me into who I am today.

They taught me what it means to be kind, humble, a good friend, and so much more. These lessons and the constant love they provide me are things I could never repay them for, but I hope that they're aware of how extremely grateful I am to have been blessed with parents like them.

When I'm a parent, I hope that my children will love me even half as much as I love my mom and dad. I hope I have as close of a relationship with my daughter or son as I have with my parents.

Thank you, Mom and Dad.

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10 Things You've Said If You're Freakishly Close With Your Sibling

You can't choose your family but you can choose your friends.

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It's true, siblings are equally your best friend and sworn enemy. It's also true that you probably can't imagine life without them. They might annoy you, beat you up, call you names, and get you in trouble, but in the end, the pros outweigh the cons. You can't get rid of them so you might as well reap the benefits of having a life-long confidant. As we've got older, my brother and I have learned to coexist more peacefully than in the past. One might even consider us friends. Our bickering has turned into playful banter and our inside jokes have only become more exclusive.

This week, I decided to focus on the benefits of having a sibling. Younger or older, you've probably found yourself asking or saying these things to your sibling once or twice.

1. "Mom, where is (name)?"


You probably like to keep tabs on their whereabouts just in case you need them at any given moment. You also constantly worry about them, which is your excuse for always asking this question.

2. "Want to hang out?"


There is nothing better than quality time with your sibling. Even if that just means snap chatting each other while you're sitting in the same room.

3. "Add me on Find My Friends."

Specifically referring to younger siblings, the older they get, the more protective you get. This also comes in handy when you're bored and want to know how long it will be until they get home.

4. "I'll only go if you go."

We usually send (& receive) these texts most when our parents ask us to accompany them on a family outing. If I'm going to suffer, then so are they. You also know, having them there will make everything more fun.

5. "Get in my Snapchat."

They make your Snapchats 100% better by just being in them.

6. "What time will you be home?"

They know the second they get home from a night out, you'll want details and gossip.

7. "Do you need a ride home?"

You're willing to do them favors, not only because you care about them but because that just means more time to hang out and jam in the car.

8. "Invite your friends over tonight."

If you're friends with your sibling, this probably means you're friends with their friends too. You've successfully managed to double your inner circle.

9. "Will you pick me up food on your way home?"

When you're too lazy to get food on your own so you have your personal slave fetch you lunch.

10. "I need some advice..."

One of my personal favorites. Whether about school, friends, relationships, or our parents, I know we've got each other's backs.

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Friendly Reminder To Give Your Parents A Break, Because They Make Mistakes Just Like Us

As far as I was concerned, the birth of my parents coincided with my own.

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As children, there is a very obvious fact concerning our parents that we either consciously ignore or, in most cases, are completely oblivious to. And this fact is that our parents are, like everyone else, only human.

Up until recently, I never thought about who my parents were before they became "Mom" and "Dad." As far as I was concerned, the birth of my parents coincided with my own. And in becoming parents, I thought they were immediately bestowed with all of the powers that came with that grandiose title: unparalleled bravery and wisdom, unwavering patience and confidence, unrivaled strength and leadership.

Throughout my whole life, I have unfairly and unreasonably held them to these impossible standards of perfection, and when they failed to meet them, I blamed them for their shortcomings: whenever they would raise their voice at me, I blamed them for being mean. Whenever they refused to let me go out with my friends at night, I blamed them for being unfair. Whenever they couldn't offer me the "right" advice for my petty pre-teen problems, I blamed them for being unhelpful and even useless.

What I failed to acknowledge was the fact that my parents were not always parents. They were, and still are, the children of their own parents, meaning they hold within themselves all of the traits that come with that title: fear and naivete, impatience and uncertainty, weakness and inexperience. And so, it turns out that my parents are just children who are taking care of other children. Whenever they yelled at me, it is because they were capable of losing their patience.

Whenever they refused to let me stay out too late at night, it is because they were capable of being afraid; whenever they couldn't offer me the solution to all of my problems, it is because they were capable of simply not having all the answers.

And so we must remember that just like us, our parents are doing the best they can do, and just as they accept our best effort, perhaps we should learn to theirs as well.

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