What One Thing are you grateful your parents taught you?

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27/11/2012 at 10:58

I was sewing a fancy dress costume last week for my daughter to wear to school.  This was followed a few days later with re-hemming a pair of trousers for my son (bloody M&S trousers shouldn't need re-hemming!).

Anyway, I consciously thought to myself that I was glad my mother taught me how to sew.  Ok it was along the lines of cross-stitch (which I do not do at all now) but it has come in very, very useful.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not of the standard to make clothes but can certainly make minor adjustments, sew buttons on etc.

So, what are you grateful to your parents for ensuring you are able to do......?

27/11/2012 at 11:18

cook, my mum showed me how to cook from like 10, always helped with the sunday roast etc too. I'd be lost without that, i cant stand ready meals.

27/11/2012 at 11:25

Tough-typing. A useful skill in this day and age.

27/11/2012 at 11:27

To tidy up after myself, and generally take responsibility for my own life.

27/11/2012 at 11:43

Marc.S - I agree with you there.  My mum did the same and I am eternally grateful for it.  I find baking is now a kind of therapy for me (along with running).  It's carrying on through each generation as I regularly cook with my children (in fact, my mum just called me to say she'd picked up some cooking aprons for the kids stoockings!!)

27/11/2012 at 11:45
Run Wales wrote (see)

Tough-typing. A useful skill in this day and age.

Is that like touch-typing, but harder?  

Cooking - although I also got taught that at school.  

My Dad taught me how to bait a fish-hook, and how to take a fish off it.  Never had to use that since!

27/11/2012 at 11:48

All of the above as well as manners and respect for others but I am also grateful to my step dad who taught me how to change a wheel. Although I usually leave that for my OH to do now.  Well, it would be rude not to... 

27/11/2012 at 11:57

One thing?  Everything.

27/11/2012 at 12:21

To be an individual.

But, as an atheist, the thing I'm most grateful to them for is never to force their Catholicism on me.

27/11/2012 at 12:42

How to break in to houses, regardless of the security arrangements. Very very rewarding.

27/11/2012 at 13:14

How to be self reliant.

27/11/2012 at 13:44
Intermanaut wrote (see)

One thing?  Everything.

Agree with this. My mum also taught me how to cook and sew but I don't have the patience for the sewing bit... I really wish I could! My mum's also a perfect knitter. She's so quick and uses it for therapy but I just don't "get" it.

27/11/2012 at 13:47

Never help anyone and always look after number one.

27/11/2012 at 13:48


seren nos    pirate
27/11/2012 at 13:50

That drinking too much alcohol can kill you

27/11/2012 at 14:36

Manners, am teaching them now to little C and it's very rewarding.

And that smoking will kill you!

gingerfurball    pirate
27/11/2012 at 14:47

The love of books and reading. 

27/11/2012 at 14:52

gingerfurball - I couldn't agree more.  This too is being passed to my children.

27/11/2012 at 15:06

Reading and more reading from my Mother, work hard and respect people from my Dad

27/11/2012 at 15:34

Acceleration, it's saved me from a few beatings

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