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Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in Generational | 2 comments

Remember when your parents knew everything?

Remember when your parents knew everything?

iStock_000008985845XSmallIt’s like we go through cycles in how we see our parents.  For so long – as young children – we think they know EVERYTHING. Then one day they neither understand or know ANYTHING.  Then, years later, it turns out they DID know everything!

4 Insights from the Voice of Experience: (CLICK TO TWEET)

1.)   Successes:  Chances are your parents have done something right along the way.  They made a good choice that paid off.  They avoided some disaster that others fell into.  Maybe they discovered a perspective on life that has kept them happy or made them prosperous.  Honor will help you learn from their success.

2.)   Failures:  Even if your parents have never made a good choice, they still have a world of experience to offer you.  Trust me, they know where they’ve screwed up.  And I bet they don’t want you to take the same path!  Honor will help pull out of them the lessons they’ve learned from their failures.

3.)   Knowledge:  Wouldn’t it be a shame if every generation had to learn everything for itself?  We would have to discover every invention and insight into our world all over again every generation.  While that may seem ridiculous, it’s often the approach we take toward our parents.  Honor, however, will help us build on the foundation of knowledge they’ve already established.

4.)   YOU:  That’s right!  Nobody has had more experience with you than your parents.  Sometimes you need to step outside of yourself to understand why you are the way you are.  Parents see things about you that you don’t comprehend on you own.  Honor will open up this well of experience and help you understand the greatest mystery of all…yourself!

What treasures of knowledge and wisdom have you found in your relationship with your parents?

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  • It’s been so cool to realize just how well my parents know me. I think one of the best things about being a (kind of!) grown up is developing an adult relationship with your parents and learning to value their opinion. This stage is definitely more fun than that stretch of time where I was convinced they knew NOTHING! I’ve found that my parents are not only great friends, but have so much wisdom (ranging on things from the business world to relationships and more). I know that they don’t know everything (because they aren’t perfect — none of us are), but I recognize and value their opinions and advice.

    • I agree. It seems every season of life reveals new dynamics in our relationship with our parents. As a result, the types of actions that honor will produce change in every season. It is neat learning to see your parents as human beings, with aspirations and desires of their own. Honor in this stage of life may mean taking time to listen to what’s on THEIR heart and not always focusing the relationship on us!