Although your parents didn’t know much when you were a teenager, between the time that you graduated high school and left for college or started your first real job, they learned a lot didn’t they? All of a sudden they were filled with wisdom about life, finances, taxes, relationships, jobs, and everything else you could think of. This is usually what happens when you go from being a teenager to an adult. You realize that there were a few things that your parents were right about.
Now, just to be clear, we are not talking about all parents. There are certainly parents out there that abused their kids, did drugs, didn’t provide, etc. If that was your parents, we are terribly sorry; please take this list as being in honor of the good parents out there. Having said that, most parents have at least some wisdom about the world. There are things they’ve been through which have given them a perspective on life that is hard to gather when you are only a teenager. It may take some humility to admit it, but many of us eventually come to that point. Here are 25 things that your parents were actually right about.
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Be careful with credit cards.
You need to sleep more. You won't be able to keep that up forever.
Learn to cook. It's cheaper and healthier.
Don't stress out so much as a kid; you'll have plenty to stress out about later.
Before you know it, you'll be 40.
Take the time to make a budget.
Grudges only hurt you.
Don't listen to your headphones so loud.
Not all of your friends need to be "forever" friends.
It feels good to return to a clean house. So clean the house.
Buy a plunger before you need it.
Don't walk with your hands in your pockets. Tripping will hurt a lot more.
We're actually pretty cool parents.
Sleeping in is a good way to waste a weekend.
Watch out for pyramid schemes.
You'll regret spending your teens at home just playing video games.
A falling knife has no handle.
Don't join the Army.
Look both ways before crossing.
Life is not fair.
The more chocolate you have, the more you will eat.
You'll end up being just like us one day.
Clean your finger nails. It's one of the first things people notice.
Never mess with the IRS. Ever.
Note: Some people have noted that the IRS is actually not that bad of an agency and that they’re pretty forgiving/easy to work with. As with many things, the evidence is largely anecdotal.