Parental Influence

And now, Gill thanks her parents for some lessons they taught her.

I’ve talked about parental quirks, and parents my parents could relate to on TV, but I’ve never given a proper shout out to them for making me who I am today.

  • Colour blind – My parents taught me how to make friends with others using the Dr. King theory of character over colour.
  • Kindness and benevolence – My mom often tells a story of when I was in kindergarten and this little girl in my class was sad, and I told her “I’ll be your friend.`
  • Violence doesn’t live here – Growing up as a child of the 1980’s there were a lot of horror movies E.G. Friday the 13th, due to the high level of gore in them my sister and I were forbidden to watch them.
  • Be a superheroine – My mom always told me to stand on the side of right and good, and to fight for the right things.
  • Never give up – I can’t count how many times I fell while skating as a small child or fell while skiing, but my parents always told me “pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again.`
  • Try it you may like it- By now you should know I’m pretty open to trying new things and learning stuff, we have my parents to thank for that.

Questions

What’s a core value your parents taught you, and how has it shaped you today? Is there something you wish your parents had told you, or a value you wish they had instilled?

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