10 on 10: What My Parents Taught Me September 10, 2013 14:18

Our parents did a pretty good job, and Alyssa and I are grateful to have a relationship with both of them and have them in our lives today. Despite the fact that they divorced and we had our ups and downs as a family, there are definitely distinct things they (and our grandparents, aunts and uncles) taught us that I hope to instill in my children as they grow. Here’s my top 10:


  1. Family comes first
  2. Be tough and have a thick skin
  3. But it’s still OK to cry
  4. Have faith and gratitude
  5. Show respect
  6. Stand up for yourself, for others, and for what you believe in
  7. Be the wheel, not the spoke
  8. Don’t assume
  9. Be kind
  10. Say what you mean and mean what you say


What values did you learn as a child that still ring true for your family today? Here's a shot of my mom with us kiddos...