Hi, I am back with some more lessons I have learned in my life. I refer to them as “tidbits”. I hope you can relate to these, and maybe there will even be a few “tidbits” that you can pass on to help someone else!
Young Working Women: With the possibly of starting a family of your own one day, be on the lookout for careers or jobs that might have flexible schedules … or earlier working hours, (i.e. teachers, nurses, a job at Google). I know when I was a young working mother, I got off work after 5:30 p.m. most days, and it was well into dinner time before I picked up the kids and got home. There was NO flexibility with my job – which made it very difficult most weeks. Check out careers and companies with the possibly of a flex type schedule or something compatible with a school schedule.
Young Mothers: Please, please get your husbands “broken in” from the beginning. Get him involved with changing diapers, feedings, cleaning up around the house, and doing chores, or you will be burning a candle at both ends and never get any rest. Even if you don’t work outside the home, please get your husband to join in with baby care; otherwise, the first time you try to go out and leave the baby with him, he won’t know what to do!
Teach your kids some manners! You won’t regret it. Teach them to say please and thank you! And for Pete’s Sake, unless they are really, really shy – teach them how to talk to an adult. It will serve them well later in life. These little simple things will help them socially AND in their future careers.
“You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar.” I’ve had battles with a bad temper in the past, and it took many years and lessons learned to finally “mellow out” a bit. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stand up for yourself, or that you shouldn’t challenge someone when necessary, but I have learned it truly pays to handle things nicely – even when, frankly, I just don’t feel like it.
I think it’s important to show honor to whom honor is due, but you can’t make me respect you. Money and status won’t ever buy respect! (You can buy a lot of things, including someone’s silence, but that still isn’t the same as respect.) You have to earn it!
“It takes two to tango!” There are two sides to every story…. I mean EVERY STORY! I’ve run my mouth sometimes before I had the whole story… only to regret it later! So don’t go making yourself crazy after hearing only one side of the store because when you hear “the rest of the story”, it might look completely different!
We can’t be responsible for other people’s actions and reactions. People have “free will” and are able to choose their own path and make their own decisions once they reach the age of majority. I can only be responsible for myself and my own actions (as if that isn’t hard enough).
Thanks for stopping in for a few tidbits … until next time!