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Experience from 25 years of parenting has taught me what to say and what not to say to my adult children. After all they have been around so long and are fully worldly wise and they don’t need to be reminded about some of the lessons in life that I have learned (mostly the hard way!)
Confucius once said “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest”.
They say that wisdom like, good judgment, comes with experience. In other words, “Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.” The important thing is to grow and learn from your experiences. When you have good judgment you will always be solving problems, seeing better results, and moving forward.
The parental advice, that I’m sure I have given hundreds of times to my two adult children that has fallen on deaf ears, is as follows:
But try and tell any of this to Gen Y and you will generally hit a brick wall of defensive replies such as “you don’t need to tell me that, I already know” or the roll of the eyes and the remark “you don’t have to be so condescending – I know what I’m doing”!
I say “knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens”.
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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