7 Nonconventional Sayings My Parents Taught Me

7 Nonconventional Sayings My Parents Taught Me

Sayings I'll be passing down to my children, because they should be just as non-conventional as I was.

Whenever my friends come over, one of the first things they say is that my parents are hilarious. There is definitely a method to all their madness, and as I've gotten older, it's become more and more clear. Everything they taught me should be shared and will be with my future children.

1. “Test-drive a car before you buy it."

If you know my mom, she is absolutely hilarious. She definitely meant this in a sexual way, but I use this way of thinking for anything. I try something before I make any decisions. Personally, it's helped me in a lot of ways.

2. “Just DO it."

My mom and dad always knew I was a troublemaker. Although I was anxious, I was sassy in the moment. They told me to do whatever I wanted, and worry about the consequences later. Now, this wasn't in terms of going out and stealing things or doing anything SUPER illegal, just in terms of stepping on toes. If I ever had doubts or was scared, my mom would say, “Just do it."

3. “LU"

My family isn't super touchy or feely for many reasons, but I always knew I was loved. Every night, my mom always texts me “LU" which means “love you." Through all the dysfunction, there's always love.

4. “Just because there's a goalie doesn't mean you can't score."

We're going to pretend that my dad always meant for this to mean that when there's somebody in the way of a job opportunity, you can always move them. However, 99% of the time he was talking about boys that were trying to get with me when I have a boyfriend. He still says this, and I still think about it when I'm applying for jobs or scholarships or when I'm feeling a little discouraged. Just because there is something in the way, doesn't mean you can't get it.

5. “Suck it back in."

I'm very expressive to say the least. I tell people what is on my mind whether they like it or not, and sometimes my mom isn't in the mood for it. She always tells me this, and as I'm getting older I'm realizing that sometimes it's better to just suck it back in. Some things don't need to be known.

6. “I want Jet's!"

Mental illness runs in my family, and so does dysfunction. Instead of saying that we're having a bad day, we say that we want Jet's Pizza. We then know to brace yourself for crying and drama. Sometimes it's easier to deal with your feelings tomorrow in a more peaceful mindset, rather than address them hot-headed.

7. “Peace out!"

My dad always says this when he's literally going anywhere, even to another room. It's super annoying, but it taught me to always make sure your presence is known and leave an impression before I leave. Stand out, and be weird, because it leaves an impression. Well behaved people, normal people, don't make history.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why I Appreciate My Parents So Much

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One thing I've noticed, the older I've gotten, is how much I appreciate my parents.

We've become so close, it's almost funny to think at one point I looked at them so much differently. When I was younger, my parents were much more strict than they are now. They disciplined differently and didn't let me do certain things. The older I've gotten, the more freedom I've gotten, which is one big sigh of relief.

My parents are such great people. Throughout my whole life, I've always had friends of parents or people who know my parents tell me how great they both are. I'm so blessed to have been raised by them and to have gotten their characteristics.

My mom is so loving and generous, and she thinks of literally everyone else in her life before herself. She's smart and funny, and she is always there when I need someone to talk to. She's taught me how to be courteous, kind, funny (with her sense of humor), and most importantly, accepting towards others.

The older I get, the more I realize how similar I am to her. She's my favorite woman in the whole world. We understand each other.

My dad is a thoughtful, hilarious, wise, and helpful guy who has taught me so many lessons throughout the years. He always makes sure my finances are in order, even more than I do. He keeps me laughing with his funny stories and made-up songs that he sings. He always asks me how my day was every time I walk through the door. He is so adorable and thoughtful, and I'm so happy I got his wit and humor.

His smile lights up a room and I'm so happy I've been hearing his laugh and will continue to for the rest of my life.

Another great thing about my parents is that they've taught me what love looks like. They're so loving, kind, and patient towards each other. I've rarely ever seen them fight in my life. They still treat one another how they did when they first started dating. I have friends and know people whose parents aren't together, and I'm so lucky to say I can't imagine what that's like.

My parents complete each other; they are soulmates. I'm so lucky and appreciative that I get to have the honor of watching their love play out throughout their lives.

I'm so happy and thankful that these are the parents I ended up with. They're the best. I hope to be half of my parents when I become a parent myself.

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