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What’s the Best Lesson Dad Taught You?

  • June 17, 2011
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What’s the Best Lesson Dad Taught You?

Get ready for Father’s Day with practical advice from good-old reliable dad.

By Diana Kelly, Prevention

We asked Prevention readers and our fellow staffers to share how their fathers shaped them into the strong, independent women they are today. Find out what they learned and share your comments below!

Life Lessons

Sing a little ditty
My dad taught me that you should always have a song in your heart, or at the very least, that there are songs to be sung (and bells to be rung) for every word spoken. He’s like a human juke box, known for his uncanny (and sometimes uncontrollable) ability to break into a few bars of some quirky ditty from the ’40s, an obscure TV jingle, a or a musical theater classic seconds after you utter a string of words that just happens to be in that very tune! Mention that you like Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream and you’ll be met with, “Aba daba daba daba daba daba dab said the monkey to the chimp.” Need some milk and bananas from the grocery store? You’ll likely hear, “Yes, we have no bananas, we have no bananas today!” I don’t know whether it’s nature or nurture, but I’ve definitely picked up the life-is-better-with-lyrics habit. Guess you could say my heart still belongs to daddy.
–Jenny Sucov, editorial director, Prevention Specials

Honor Mother Earth
My dad taught me so much. He taught me [to] love the earth and enjoy each day to the fullest. He taught me how to express myself in my own creative energies. He taught me how to be proud of myself and my heritage. I can hear his Viking yell now from heaven. Thank you, dad!
Prevention.com Member Gofergolf

Live an honest, modest life
My dad taught me to be responsible for my actions and to work hard. To help others and to put family first. He taught me to not be wasteful and to live within my means.
–Dianna, Prevention forum host

Stand by your word
The one thing of many that my father taught me was to be honest and trustful and to love my fellow man. And if you said you were going to do something, do it.
–Nancy (Prevention.com Member Alabama 1)

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2:19PM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

*Your* mistakes, sorry!!!! ^^

2:18PM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

... To admit you mistakes!

10:00PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

...to always to stand by my convictions when I believe they are based on honor and integrity.

10:00PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

...to always to stand by my convictions when I believe they are based on honor and integrity.

10:00PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

...to always to stand by my convictions when I believe they are based on honor and integrity.

5:43PM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

My dad taught me all women are ladies, unless they prove otherwise. In 2/3rds of a century, I've only met 2 who were not.
It would be nice if the analog were true and all men were gentlemen, but that hasn't proven itself.

3:40PM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

Good advice from all of the Dads.

11:47AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

The best thing my dad ever taught me was that if you want your dreams to come true you have to reach for them and not just hope for them. That if you aren't happy, only you can make the changes to get to where you want to be.

11:47AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

The best thing my dad ever taught me was that if you want your dreams to come true you have to reach for them and not just hope for them. That if you aren't happy, only you can make the changes to get to where you want to be.

3:28AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

My dad thought me to be honest,Trustworthy,be useful to the community.He was a social worker,Accountant and Warden of our church.so I will follow his path.He loved me so much and I loved him so much.

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