Hey, Mom and Dad: What's The Best Parenting Advice Your Parents Gave You?

Parents, Patch wants to hear from you on the questions that get families talking.

Welcome to "Hey, Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked parents the week before on Patch Facebook pages from around the area.

By this point, most of us have realized that parenting is much harder and more complicated than it may have seemed when we were children. There are countless schools of thought on parenting, everyone has their own opinions and the list of do's and don't's grows by the minute.

That leads us to this week's question:

What's the best parenting practice or piece of advice that you picked up from your own mom and dad?

Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section.

Jim Dydo: Don't let them run wild in public, manners and respect. —on Mokena Patch Facebook

Missy Goodman: Be supportive, show love, spend quality time, listen. —on

 Frankfort Patch Facebook


Colleen McElroy: SO important to keep a sense of humor.....keep laughing or you will start crying! —on Palos Patch Facebook

Jeff Carpenter: Mom and Dad openly showed how much they loved one another, and us, in everything they did; they were also good community servants.
My parents were a wonderful show of love and support. As everyone does, they had their arguments, but always were loving and supportive the very next day. —on Palos Patch Facebook

Kelly Leeson Dirks: To be a good listener and not to over react right away. Staying calm and collected goes a lot further with things. So I guess patience! —on Tinley Park Patch Facebook

Ruth Ensing: My father taught me by example not only how important reading is but how much fun it can be. We read the newspaper every morning together. My son and daughter are readers as are their children. —on Oak Forest Patch Facebook

Felicia Sexton DePyper: My Parents taught me how to never spend money you don't have. Material items are not important and how to shop for only what you need not what you want, if you really want something, learn to save for it, you will never feel guilting purchasing something that was saved for. Always live with in your means. Don't become house poor. We are proud to say we have taught our children well... —on Oak Forest Patch Facebook

Now it's your turn to weigh in. What did you learn from your parents about how to raise your own children? Tell us in comments below.

Jenny October 23, 2012 at 01:51 PM
The best advice that my Mother ever gave me was: Never get yourself into anything financially that you can't handle on your own. You had better learn to save some money now because you never know what tomorrow may bring. When my Sisters and I were growing up, my Mother used to always tell us, you had better tell me the truth now, because I am going to find out sooner or later. And my Father used to always say, there are no free lunches in life, whatever you are doing is costing somebody something. Jenny
Arthur W. Wiggins Jr. October 23, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Mom: money does not spoil, so put it away.
Nolan October 23, 2012 at 02:59 PM
My dad didn't know it but he taught me the three P's; pride, patience, persistance. Dad always said, "Any job worth doing is worth doing well". He was the hardest working man I've ever known (an immigrant at age 9 and a WWII vet). He told me "If you need something, save up for it". Well I did that until my divorce when all material things were taken from me and I had to provide a home for my kids to come to. Now I work hard to provide two homes for my kids that I am very proud of. I think my dad would approve.
DeAnna Kern October 23, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Establish an open relationship with your kids so that they know that they can talk to you about anything. Some conversations are hard to have but better your kids learn about alcohol, sex and drugs from you than their peers or by experimenting. That one awkward conversation may save their life some day!!


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