1. You learn how to hold your own. You know how to stand up for yourself when necessary, and you know that you shouldn’t take crap from anyone. You are vocal when you need to be, and you know fully well that you deserved to be treated with respect.
2. You learn how to be independent at an early age. You can go out on your own, and have no fear. From the start, your parents showed you how to fend for yourself and how to be confident being by yourself at all times.
3. You are taught great manners. You know when to say your ‘please’ and ‘thank you’s. You know when to show appreciation and gratitude, because your parents always taught you to treat others the way you wanted to be treated.
4. You learn how to focus. Your whole life, you are taught how to focus on the big picture, how to focus on the important parts of life, and how to truly concentrate on the things that you do best. Whether it be gymnastics, music, writing, science, or mathematics, you were taught to focus in on what you love to do.
5. You learn how to not only be kind, but be respectful towards others. Your parents taught you how to be a decent human being and how to treat everyone with consideration. You do not judge anyone because they are different from you. You try to embrace everyone, no matter where they come from, or who they are.
6. You learn to not settle. Your parents taught you to never settle for a mediocre life. To never settle on the boy or girl you date, and to never settle for a job that doesn’t make you feel fulfilled. To never settle for half-hearted love.
7. You learn to appreciate the little things. Your parents always make you know how blessed you are and teach you how to be grateful for even the small things in life. They tell you to look at life with the glass half full, but to always stay humble.
8. You learn that you can’t do everything successfully (and that’s ok). If you’re terrible at math, your parents aren’t going to condemn you for it. But they will be realistic about your dreams of becoming a mathematician and tell you to focus on your strengths instead of your weaknesses.
9. You learn to work instead of worry. If you ever complain about life and school, or how terrible your grades are, your parents aren’t going to give you sympathy. They are just going to tell you to work harder. Worrying won’t do anything but make you feel worse.
10. You learn to be patient with yourself. You learn that good things in life take time. You aren’t always going to be the best of the best. You aren’t always going to win. And that’s ok as long as you are being true to yourself.
11. You learn that as long as you are doing your best, that’s all you need to do. Your parents love you to death, but they definitely don’t go easy on you. You have learned from them that as long as you are working hard, and trying your best, that’s all they could ever ask of you.