Why You Should Never Take Your Family For Granted

Why You Should Never Take Your Family For Granted

They'll always love you and want what's best for you.
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There's no doubt about it, family can be a huge part of most people's lives. When there's no one else there, family can be a reason for happiness in your life and will most likely always have a listening ear. Family is something that no one should take for granted, because they are always there to help. Here are reasons you shouldn't take your family for granted.

They're always there to listen

It doesn't matter what time of the day it is, what they're doing or where they are, your family is always willing to help you with whatever you need. Even though friends are always there to listen, there's something about having your family listen to what is going on in your life that is really great. Your family is a great way to talk through your life where they will just sit and listen and support you in all your endeavors.

They'll hang out with you when you're bored

Whether in you're in high school or college, sometimes your friends just can't hang out or you don't feel like going anywhere, but your family is always there to keep you company. Whether you're just hanging around and talking, watching a movie or playing games, hanging out with your family is a lot more fun than you think it is. Take the time to hang out with your family because it can actually be way more fun than going out with your friends.

They'll be honest with you

There's no one else that will be more honest with you than your family. If you're wondering what you should do with your life, they'll be willing to give you their honest opinion on what you should do and helping you figure out what is best for you. Even when you don't want your family to be honest with you and you'd rather them keep their opinions to themselves, you should really value what they think because they have your best interest at heart. Value their input, because they could help you see a new perspective that you didn't see before.

They'll always help you when you need it

No matter what is happening in your life or what you do, your family is always going to be there for you and help you with whatever you need, whenever you need it. Your family wants to see you succeed and they are going to help you do that. Whether it's encouraging you to pursue your dreams or help you fix your car, they are always going to help you out in the best way they can.


Family is an amazing aspect of life. They are there for you whenever you need them and without a doubt love you for who you are. Taking your family for granted and not thinking about all they do for you can easily happen, but just remember that they always have you at the front of their mind. Never take your family for granted because they will always love you.

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The Thank You My Dad Deserves

While our moms are always the heroes, our dads deserve some credit, too.
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Dear Dad,

You’ve gone a really long time without being thanked. I'm not talking about thanks for things like opening the Gatorade bottle I couldn't or checking my tires when my car’s maintenance light is flashing, but rather the thanks I owe you for shaping me into the person I am today.

Thank you for teaching me what I deserve and for not letting me settle for anything less.

While the whole world was telling me I wasn’t good enough, you were there to tell me I was. Whether this was with boys, a friend, or anything else, you always built my confidence to a place I couldn’t build it to on my own. You showed me what my great qualities were and helped me feel unique. But most of all, you never let me settle for anything less than what I deserved, even when I wanted to. Without you, I wouldn’t be nearly as ambitious, outgoing or strong.

Thank you for giving me someone to make proud.

It’s hard to work hard when it’s just for myself, but so easy when it’s for you. All through school, nothing made me happier than getting a good grade back because I knew I got to come home and tell you. With everything I do, you give me a purpose.

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Thank you for showing me what selflessness looks like.

You are the prime example of what putting your family first looks like. If me wanting something means that you can’t get what you want, you’ll always sacrifice. From wearing the same t-shirts you’ve had since I was in elementary school so I could buy the new clothes I wanted, to not going out with your friends so you could come to my shows, you never made a decision without your family at the forefront of your mind. If there is one quality you have that I look up to you for the most, it’s your ability to completely put your needs aside and focus entirely on the wants of others.

Thank you for being the voice in the back of my head that shows me wrong from right.

Even though many of your dad-isms like “always wear a seatbelt” easily get old, whenever I’m in a situation and can’t decide if what I’m doing is right or wrong, I always can hear you in the back of my head pointing me in the right direction. While I may not boost your ego often enough by telling you you’re always right, you are.

Thank you for being real with me when nobody else will.

Being your child hasn’t always been full of happiness and encouragement, but that’s what makes you such an integral part of my life. Rather than sugarcoating things and always telling me I was the perfect child, you called me out when I was wrong. But what separates you from other dads is that instead of just knocking me down, you helped me improve. You helped me figure out my faults and stood by me every step of the way as I worked to fix them.

Most of all, thank you for showing me what a great man looks like.

I know that marriage may seem very far down the road, but I just want you to know that whoever the guy I marry is, I know he’ll be right because I have an amazing guy to compare him to. I know you’re not perfect (nobody is), but you’ve raised me in a such a way that I couldn’t imagine my kids being raised any differently. Finding a guy with your heart, drive, and generosity will be tough, but I know it will be worth it.


Dad, you’re more than just my parent, but my best friend. You’re there for me like nobody else is and I couldn’t imagine being where I am now without you.

Love you forever,

Your little girl

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This Is What Being Away From Home Taught Me About My Home

... It's ok to make plans with people besides your mom.

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My home, for as long as I can remember, has been my safe haven. No matter how many arguments my family and I got into, I always knew my home to be a place where I could feel safe, at peace, grounded, and most importantly, comfortable.

This is why, when I decided to embark on a journey to Israel, 6,000 miles away felt like I was traveling into space. I felt as if I couldn't move forward without my mom by my side, reminding me everything is going to be okay. The relationship that my mom and I have is a special one, and knowing that I was not in close proximity to her created much-unwanted anxiety for us both. Knowing that while she may have only been a phone call away, that she wouldn't be able to come hold me if I needed her to, was something I really struggled with.

While I was away, I had hoped that my excitement for the trip and the adventures that were to come would keep me grounded and sane. Unfortunately, as the days went on, I became more and more homesick. However, I was able to learn some really important lessons in terms of the importance of my home, and sometimes the need to escape it.


The new friendships I made showed me that sometimes it's okay to make plans with people besides your mom (only partially joking).

The new foods I tried showed me that there are so many different types of foods that my chef of a mother hasn't even heard of.

The new experiences showed me just how important it is to step out of my comfort zone, even if doing so means I have to be 6,000 miles away from the comfort of my mom's arms.


There are hundreds of thousands of things that this trip has taught me, but it especially taught me that life exists away from your home as well. While it is natural to want to stay close to the things that bring you comfort, it is also essential that you allow yourself to grow.

I couldn't be luckier to have had such an incredible experience abroad, but I also couldn't be luckier to have been able to come home to a mom that was waiting with open arms and open ears.

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