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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

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If you don't have any experience with construction, it can be pretty interesting to watch those reality HGTV shows (I know I'm addicted at this point). Some of the best episodes can be the one's where they open up the walls to find the builder didn't do anything right, causing a huge blow to the budget. The drama!

As someone who doesn't know much about building, and is dreaming of homeownership, Redditor Vast_Recognition_682 asked a question I wish I had thought of first.

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Unless you've been a member of the armed forces, you may only know drill sergeants as uncompassionate leaders who yell at privates all the time.

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Sometimes, it becomes extremely clear that it's time to leave.

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Years ago I had a classmate who was a total daredevil... so much so that he would often injure himself. He once drove a bike in the direction of oncoming traffic, just for the hell of it. He got out of that episode unscathed––luckily. By contrast, I prefer keeping all my limbs, and still have them all. I wonder where he is now. Hopefully not too banged up. I did do some stuff unwittingly––like the time I stuck a fork into an electrical socket. I thankfully wasn't shocked too much. I was young and naive.

People told us all about the dangerous things they did when they were younger after Redditor Not-an-Ocelot asked the online community,

"What's the most dangerous thing you did as a kid without realizing?"
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