20 Ways my mom prepared me for the real world
The “mean” things my mom did that I’m thankful for now.
- She didn’t always provide entertainment for me, she made me figure out ways to entertain myself (“Go outside and find something to do”)
- She didn’t do everything for me when I was young, even when it would have been easier/quicker for her to do it herself (like make a sandwich or pack a lunch)
- She never rewarded me for what was expected of me (like doing what she said).
- She knew I wasn’t a perfect angel and she made me take responsibilities for my actions.
- She made me do things I didn’t want to do and complaining was not allowed.
- If I committed to something then changed my mind, she made me finish what I started.
- She didn’t sugarcoat things because the real world isn’t sugarcoated.
- She allowed me to experience disappointment so I could learn how to handle it.
- She never let me off of a punishment for good behavior.
- I respected my possessions because she made me earn them.
- Disrespectful remarks and talking back was not tolerated. Period.
- I had to make my bed every morning or there would be consequences.
- She set high standards and helped me appreciate doing things right and doing my best so I didn’t have to do them again.
- She made me get a job when I was young and helped me open a bank account so I knew what it felt like to earn/ manage my own money.
- She didn’t fight my battles, she gave me advice but let me solve my own problems.
- If I lost her trust, I lost my freedoms.
- If she was outside doing yard work or shoveling snow, I was outside helping, because I lived there too.
- She made me eat what she made for dinner, I didn’t get a special meal just because I was a kid.
- Her favorite response when I didn’t get my way was, “Well, life’s not fair” and made me understand that I just had to move on.
And the last and most important “mean” thing my mom did was:
- She frequently told me, “No” and didn’t care if I got mad at her for it because she knew I respected and loved her and she knew I’d get over it and thank her for it one day… and she was right.
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