Monday, August 13, 2012

List #38: 10 Things my parents did right

It's that time again: Listicles! This week, I got to choose the topic for Stasha's Monday Linkup! 10 Things My Parents Did Right

Age 5(?) in my figure skating costume
Now that I've been a parent for two years--it's so cliched, but I have to say the time has flown by--I'm really starting to relate to my parents in a different way. As much as I whine about the things I wish my mom & dad had done, I know they tried their best & I think they did a lot right. Pretty much all the following are things that I want to do with Sprout too.
  1. had a vegetable garden so I would learn how food grows
  2. read to me every single day when I was little & read a lot themselves
  3. one-on-one daddy-daughter time
  4. family nature walks
  5. got me a bike (well, a series of them, as I grew up)
  6. took us camping regularly (no simple feat with three children under six)
  7. didn't buy me everything I wanted
  8. made sure I learned how to swim
  9. made me walk to school most of the time
  10. exposed me to various organized sports & other activities without over-programming my life or forcing me to stick with things I didn't like (I tried jazz dancing, figure skating, gymnastics, softball, Brownies, drawing, painting & more I can't even remember)

Why Monday lists? Reading the lovely Chloe's blog, Tea Swamp Park, I found an idea I had to 'steal': a list of all her Halloween costumes, with quite a few photos. She got the idea from Hula Seventy's List Project. I've decided to do the weekly lists for a year that Hula Seventy is doing.

Tea Swamp Park & Hula Seventy are not the only ones doing lists, however. Click on the Listicles badge to the left to check outNorthWestMommy's list & 'assignment' for next week.

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  1. Your family sounds lovely, but I love that they gave you a vegetable garden---how cool is that?? Great list. Erin

  2. Oh, the over programming is a great one! I see so many kids who's parent do that and they can never even have any playdates! Crazy.

  3. What a great list. What great parents. But most of all WHAT A GREAT BUNNY COSTUME!

  4. This was a fabulous topic! I love #7 (so true!) and I can't believe I forgot to include READING! :)

  5. Ahhh...I am so missing my bunny costume from when I was little right now. I think it was the only thing my mom ever sewed for me. we bought all my costumes after that. ha ha
    I also have very fond memories of sneaking into the veggie garden to grab a carrot, a tomato, a potato, a handful of beans, snap peas....grandma was always wondering why her garden "didn't produce much this year." whoops. haha

  6. So many of these are true for me too, but I forgot to add them to my list! This was a great topic, and really made me appreciate all the things my parents did well. It's much too easy to complain, so thanks for making us take the time to stop and apprecaite!

  7. I agree with the not buying everything your kid wants point.

  8. I am always amazed at the number of people who don't know how to swim. I thought it was just a rite of passage as a child. :) Lil Duck is going to have swim lessons next summer. For sure!

  9. I love the one about your parents not buying you everything you wanted.
    Great idea for a listicle too! Thanks! :)

  10. What a great list. I hope that you get to do all of the things on your list with Sprout too. I think that not getting everything you want is a very important lesson that not enough people seem to learn these days. Thanks for the fun topic idea too!

  11. Love how so much of what you did with your parents you now teach your kids. You all are generations of two wheel worshipers ;)
    Thank you for a great listicles idea, I am really I
    Enjoying reading the list.


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