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People Reveal What They Wish Their Parents Had Taught Them Earlier

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There's no right way to be a parent. Regardless of the thousands of parenting guides out there, most of the time you're leading by the seat of your pants. You can only hope the info you give your kids is enough they don't take to Reddit to share what you didn't teach them...like these parents!


Reddit user, u/Sinnivar, watned to hear what blind spot your parents gave you when they asked:

What is something you wish your parents taught you from a young age?

Wait...Water?

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How to cook. Really struggled when I moved out.

AwesomeGirl6213

Bro, I set fire to pasta because I didn't know you had to put it in water.

AwesomeGirl6213

Don't Be Afraid Of Your Feelings

It's OK to cry. They always would scream at me

ooyahee

There's something about releasing all those tears that is really therapeutical. Having a big cry can be so important sometimes, damn parents.

scraulle_the_twisted

The Key To Denial

How to say "no."

As a kid, saying "no" to our parents will earn us punishment. It took me until I was in my low 20s to learn how to refuse or walk away from situations that I didn't like or that made me uncomfortable.

Anon0fTheNorth

You Learn This From Your Folks

How to have a healthy relationship with your significant other.

ScrunchJeans

A...Checkbook?

How to handle money.

redjellybean1

I was on the other side of forty before I learned how to make and follow a budget. Life is SO much better now and we'll never get back into the deep pit of debt we used to live in.

MyKidCanSeeThis

Not Everything Can Be Chips, Dear

The importance of nutrition and diet.

From a young age I was never aware of the damage of sugar/fried foods. I used to eat poorly growing up. It wasn't until the age of 20 I started learning more about the importance of it. Changed my life

cocometcleo

Again, What's Money?

Taxes

sshrimpp

So true, I had to take business class to learn this. I feel like it should be compulsory for all students to learn.

amwad_

There's A Reason For Everything

WHY I was supposed to do things like keep my room clean.

I started keeping it clean in college and my stress levels dropped dramatically. If I was ever told as a kid that cleaning up your areas had benefits other than just keeping mom from yelling at me when it got too messy, I might have done it more. Instead of not doing it just to be a defiant little sh-t.

skinnyanglerguy

What Goes Where In What?

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I wish someone had "the talk" with me. I went to a Catholic school for 14 years and none of the adults in my life ever told me how sex worked, so I learned everything I knew from a combination of asking my other catholic school friends who didn't really know what they were talking about and from looking up words like "breast" in the dictionary.

I'm married now but my wife is still teaching me how sex works

DanHam117

"It wasn't me!"

There's not much you can do when the righteous fist of the law comes down on you. Call it a mix-up, or call it a mistake, if someone's pegged you at the scene of a crime there's not much you can do but trust the justice system to prove you innocent. However, that's a gamble, and just because you've been given a "not guilty" doesn't mean the effects won't follow you for the rest of your life.

Reddit user, u/danbrownskin, wanted to hear about the times when it wasn't you, seriously, it was someone else, when they asked:

Redditors who were once considered suspect of a crime they did not commit, what's it like being held under suspicion and how did it affect your life?

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