How You Treat Your Parents Says A Lot About You

How You Treat Your Parents Says A Lot About You

Be the best daughter or son you can be.

Parents. Oh, how they must've loved that puberty stage where you hated them. Now we are in college and we can't imagine our life without them.

We are young adults, if not full adults with a lot on our plates.

Our parents raised us to become the young adult we are today. Some people still have that parent/child relationship, but some of us have become friends with our parents.

Either way, as a daughter or son you should still treat your parents with respect and love. You are grown up, it is not appropriate to be screaming at your parents with a temper tantrum like you are in preschool.

For some people, parents have grown to be their best friends. This is not a backward relationship because we are all adults now. There is no line of child and adult because the child has grown into their own person.

That is when parenting is done right. The parents raised their children to be an awesome person that even they want to hang out with! Success!

When I turned 21, the first person I wanted to share a bottle of wine with was my mom. She is just an awesome human and I admire her for her many talents and strengths. She is an older version of what I want to be. I only want to be a good person because that is what she taught me to be.

For some people, parents are still "the adults." This is scary to me. Some people my age have not grown up. They still fight back with their parents. They still "hate on" their parents.

They are still stuck in that middle school relationship with their parents. I will not understand this relationship since mine only lasted an estimated six months with my mom. Then I grew up.

For some people, they grow up and never talk to their parents. I don't personally understand this, but I understand some situations. Sometimes it changes you for the better. Sometimes it will help you become your own person. That's okay.

The way you treat your parents says a lot about you as a person. Some of us are grown up and some of us are stuck in our middle school selves. It's never easy, there's always a rough patch because we are only human. Our parents reflect themselves into their children even if it's the slightest bit.

We all have the best mom/dad in the world on Mother's Day and Father's Day, but what about the other days of the year? I love my parents every day of the year. I want to be a good person just like they are. I want to be the legacy that makes them proud. I want to be the best person I can be because of my parents.

You parents just want to see you succeed. Your parents just want to see you do things they couldn't do. Your parents love you so much even if its hard for some of them to show it. Be the best daughter or son you can be.

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To That One Friend Who Deserves The World

Since I can't give you the world, I hope giving you this article is enough.

My wonderful friend,

You deserve love.

You deserve to marry your best friend.

You deserve appreciation.

You deserve that no matter who comes in and out of your life, every selfless thing you do for someone is acknowledged.

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You deserve kindness.

You deserve to have the nicest people in the world surround you all of the time.

You deserve support.

You deserve to have someone there for you at the beginning of every good day and at the end of every bad one, to have someone who wants to fix all of your problems.

You deserve hope.

You deserve to always be optimistic.

You deserve laughter.

You deserve to never stop smiling and actually mean it every time you do.

You deserve forgiveness.

You deserve to be able to be given second chances because without a doubt you are worth it.

You deserve friendship.

You deserve to have a friend who can be just as good of a friend as you are.

You deserve honesty.

You deserve to always be told the truth.

You deserve motivation.

You deserve to never want to give up and always push yourself.

You deserve success.

You deserve to have everything you have worked so hard for.

You deserve faith.

You deserve to always know it will get better.

You deserve loyalty.

You deserve to have that one person who will never leave and always be there for you.

You deserve happiness.

You deserve to be genuinely content with your life.

You deserve the world.

If I could give it to you, I would.

Yes, life gets tough sometimes. The unthinkable happens and your world feels like it is crashing down but you can get past all of this.

Thank you for being so selfless. It amazes me how you do it sometimes, but thank you for always making everyone your main priority when they need you.

I know I may not say it enough, but truly thank you for all you do for me. I don’t always know how to show how much someone means to me, especially when it is someone as great as you because I don’t know what I did to deserve you, but thank you.

I love you.

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I Wish As A Child I Understood That Sometimes Two Houses Are Really Better Than One

A broken home isn't always a bad thing.


I can't sit here and pretend to know anything about marriage. I've heard that "marriage isn't easy; it requires a lot of give and take." I can, however, tell you about divorce. Growing up you never think that your parents will fall out of love. How could they? And while you may always be too young to understand the ins and outs of your parent's relationship, divorce affects more than just the people married. Researcher Judith Wallerstein proved in her well-known study on divorce that an unhappy marriage is better than no marriage for children. Not only are kids oblivious to the flaws in the marriage, but no marriage at all can have negative long-term effects on the children, especially in future relationships. However, a limitation of this experiment was that Wallerstein did not study high-conflict marriage, where divorce is not a problem that needs to be fixed; it's a solution.

Parents often tell their children that "mommy and daddy don't love each other anymore," even if there are other reasons for splitting up. Divorce is difficult for children to understand so this is the line that is fed most often to them. Therefore, the one concept children struggle with the most is how could parents fall out of love? To answer this question we have to define love. The internet defines love as "an intense feeling of deep affection," but I think TIME is more accurate with their article titled "We Are Defining Love The Wrong Way," in which Rabbi David Wolpe states that Too many women have told me, bruises visible on their faces, that the husbands who struck them love them.

Since they see love as a feeling, the word hides the truth, which is that you do not love someone whom you repeatedly beat and abuse. You may have very strong feelings about them, you may even believe you cannot live without them, but you do not love them. When I was growing up my mom always told me that it was her job to teach me to distinguish between "a man who flatters me and a man who compliments me; a man who spends money on me and a man who invests in me; a man who lusts after me and a man who loves me." I never realized how important it is to be able to distinguish between lust and love. These two words are so different, but society uses them interchangeably.

So how should love be defined then? I believe that 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says it best: "Love is patient and kind. It does not envy. It does not boast. It is not proud. It does not dishonor others. It is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrong. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Love never fails."

So now try to put your spouse or significant others name as a substitute every time those verses refer to love. Can you do so without laughing? If not, then your relationship might be based more on lust than love. This doesn't mean that it will never have a firm foundation of love; it just means that it will take time to build this kind of sturdy foundation. The problem is not divorce; the problem is the lack of willingness to foster the type of love a marriage requires. The biggest misconception about divorce is that it causes a home to be broken when in reality the home was broken, to begin with. Divorce allows there to be two strong support systems that are much healthier than one dysfunctional family unit. Coming from a divorced family, this is something I wish I understood as a child.

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