Hey, Mom and Dad: What's The Best Parenting Advice Your Parents Gave You?

Parents, Patch wants to hear from you on the questions that get families talking.

Welcome to "Hey, Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked parents the week before on Patch Facebook pages from around the area.

By this point, most of us have realized that parenting is much harder and more complicated than it may have seemed when we were children. There are countless schools of thought on parenting, everyone has their own opinions and the list of do's and don't's grows by the minute.

That leads us to this week's question:

What's the best parenting practice or piece of advice that you picked up from your own mom and dad?

Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section.

Denise B. Manners is the main one as everyone is stating. Now a days some of these kids run the parents and the house, which is unacceptable. Kids need to be brought up not getting everything and have respect for others. My children were always compliment on their behavior and that us as parents did a great job. via Plainfield Patch

Julie D. What I have taught my kids: To appreciate what you have. There will always be someone who has something better, or newer, or nicer. I grew up on welfare, and most of my clothes and food were "handouts". Sometimes my sister, brother and I were so hungry, I would steal food from the grocery store. My kids grew up with SO much more than I did, which is what all parents want for their children. I am so thankful that I can now give back! via Oswego Patch

Meg Burns Lietz: My husband and I discuss this a lot now that our oldest in entering his teen years (we still have toddlers). Aside from being loving supportive parents, good role models etc, we feel one of the best life lessons we can teach all of our children is how to persevere. We feel it's important to let our children try new things and allow them to fail. Failure is a part of life. Learning how to cope, stay positive and overcome life's obstacles is something everyone should learn. Our parents never jumped in to solve our problems in school, run to our aid when we lost a job or offer for us to move back in to their house when we had no money in the bank. Not everyone will have the perfect job, family or life but learning how to be grateful for what you have and persevere through difficult times will help you see the blessing we all have on a daily basis. — Geneva Patch Facebook

Linda P. My Mom was a single mother My Dad passed away when I was 6, so Ma raised me, She taught me to be firm yet loving, not to put up with anything and to remember What I did as a Teen and use it.Both of Our kids have turned out to be great even with 10 years in between them. via Channahon-Minooka Patch

Now it's your turn to weigh in. What did you learn from your parents about how to raise your own children? Tell us in comments below.

Ivan Szer October 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM
“Use your brains,” my father had said to me. “Training your mind is your best defence against the world.”
Ivan Szer October 23, 2012 at 12:16 PM
“Use your brains,” my father had said to me. “Training your mind is your best defence against the world.”
Mary Ciner October 23, 2012 at 04:47 PM
It's ok to say no. Children should not have everything they want.
Dori October 23, 2012 at 05:27 PM
My mom always said "when you decide to have children, remember - first and foremost - you are their parent, not their friend. When they move out, then you can switch roles. Until then, being their parent is the most important job in the world." Boy, was she right and did exactly as she said. I am a well rounded, happy parent myself because of her and she is now my best friend! And the Golden Rule, of course :)
Leslie Green October 23, 2012 at 06:04 PM
We got the usual advice; to be loving and kind, grateful, use your manners, etc. but one thing my mom said that I always thought was true was , when you name your kids, make it something you wouldn't be embarrassed to yell out the door or across a crowded playground. My parents both had a great sense of humor...
Mason Frost October 24, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Don't do Drugs, Drugs are bad, and it will make your Mom sad. Don't do drugs.
Suze October 24, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Listen to everyone's advice nicely. Throw out what is bad, use what is good. You never know when someone will pass a few pearls of wisdom in between a lot of 'just talk'. Be there for your kids. All the way through. They physically need you at first but gradually it changes to mentally. Don't assume they do not still need a parent. Listen and be kind when you speak to them. If they get into a rough spot, they will be ashamed but, will come to you for help. But, it only works if you have open communication. Parents are not doormats but, neither are our kids. Treat them with respect if you'd like it in return.
Jeanne Beckmann October 25, 2012 at 12:47 AM
"You can't soar like an eagle when you hang out with a bunch of turkeys." Mom always told me to choose my friends carefully. I tell my girls the same thing.
araceli October 29, 2012 at 12:20 AM
great advise
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