Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Listography - Lessons I learnt from my parents

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I think if I was on a balcony in Spain with my sister, sipping on red wine, the last thing I'd be thinking about is what parental advice I received but the lovely Kate from Kate Takes 5 has decided that'll be a good topic for Listography this week, and rightly so. It's been a while since I took any advice from my parents but I'll have a go.

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1.  Don't wear too much make up (from Dad)

Dad was forever saying this to me and my two sisters and at the time we hated it. Being of European background, on both Mum and Dad's side, we were pretty blessed with good skin. I was never one for wearing a lot of make up and I'd have to say, at 47 years of age it's been a good bit of advice. Even now, if I go out with my husband he says I look better without it.  I'll have a go at passing that one onto my daughter but she's a bit of a diva so I'm not sure it'll work so well with her.

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2.  Always make sure you have a job (from Dad)

Good study habits were instilled in us by Dad from a young age and he always encouraged us to make sure we had a job. He didn't really say that we should go to University or become doctors or lawyers but to be employed, long term, in a job that we liked. I think that bit of advice paved the way for my independence and my ability to save and live quite well on my own.

3.  Treat others as you would have them treat you (from Mum)

Mum and Dad were pretty religious, forcing us to go to Sunday School every Sunday and be involved in the church. It was pretty fun when we were young but when we became teenagers we could think of better things we'd like to be doing. The one thing that stuck with us though was Mum reinforcing the Christian message to treat people like you would like to be treated. It's hardly just a Christian message though. It's just common sense and one that I tell my kids every day.

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4. Use fresh seasonal produce, buy in bulk and make do (from Mum)

My Mum comes from a long line of country cooks and bakers. We were raised on fresh seasonal produce, home grown eggs and chickens, freshly caught fish, whole slaughtered pigs and smoked pork products, geese, ducks, you name it. I could go on forever. It was all about making do with what was available but making it as delicious as possible. That's how I cook now but I don't have access to pigs wandering around in the backyard or chickens for that matter. We live on a medium sized suburban block but it's always been a dream of mine to move to the country. Who knows? One day...

5.  Don't get married, just be friends (from Mum)

Oh well, didn't take any notice of that one. I don't think Mum's married life was all that bad but as a Mum of a daughter I can understand where she might've been coming from. You kind of think your daughter is so precious, that you'd never want her hurt by any man and to live happily ever after. That's not reality unfortunately. I can only hope that whatever decisions she does make in the future will be just as good as the one I made.

Thanks Kate for another reflective moment. I really enjoy my weekly Listography walk down memory lane. Head on over to Kate Takes 5 to check out everyone elses responses.



  1. Great advice from both your parents. I was also taught about treating others as you would want to be treated, I think my onlyn regret with this one is I am so bitterly disappointed when others don't do the same back to me!

  2. Exactly what Rambling Pages said!

  3. These are all great pieces of advice! Thank you so much for sharing. It's always nice to reflect back on those important things our parents teach us. I love that your dad told you not to wear too much make-up - it's fantastic that fathers can reinforce to their daughters to embrace their inner beauty. Love this post!

  4. Great advice! My mom told us not to date unless we wanted to marry the person...just be friends! People can get hurt really bad and it can have terrible effects! I love the comic...how true in today's world!

  5. What a great post! Perfect photos too :)

  6. Some very useful lessons there. We all have so much to thank our parents for.


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