10 Things All College Kids Should Thank Their Parents For

If your parents are anything like mine, they raised you with lots of TLC, advice, and knowledge, and a little tough love as well. Most college kids have their parents to thank for where they are today, so why not take the time to actually thank them, even for the simple things.

Dear Mom and Dad,

Thank you for…

1. Listening. If your group projects are anything like mine, you need someone to vent to. When I say vent, I really mean yell and scream to get everything that you’ve been bottling up out so you don’t freak out on that lazy person you’ve been forced to work with for 15 weeks straight. There have been more than a few occasions that my parents have listened to me vent for 30 min. or more, even when I know they don’t care. You guys are troopers!

a8c9dc91bf62ea21d206ecddec4b2acd.500x282x92. Making me humble. Parents teach us the values and morals that mold us into who we are. They hope that they have given us enough knowledge in order to make us good people and to survive out their in the “real world.” I truly believe that being humble got me my job (thanks mom), and my hard work ethic helped me to succeed in my job (thanks dad).

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3. The letters and CARE PACKAGES!! There is really nothing better as a broke college student than going to get your mail and seeing a big box with your name on it. Also, even though the older generation might not believe this with all of our gadgets these days, most college students still love getting letters, or at least I do. I love getting letters from family and friends, knowing that they sat down and took time out of their busy schedules is very special to me. Care packages and letters give college kids something to look forward to, so keep ’em coming please and thank you!!

Me when I get mail that isn’t junk….

2004. Being patient with me. Let’s be honest, all kids suck. Sure, yeah, they are great and all. They love you and they are humble ;). But kids can be shitheads, and parents have to put up with them. I applaud my parents for putting up with everything I put them through; I can’t imagine how much patience they had to have with my siblings and myself.

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Speaking of siblings….

5. Siblings. I guess I should probably thank you for blessing me with two of the most frustrating, loving, idiotic, and comical siblings ever. We fought like all siblings do, but I wouldn’t trade my brother and sister for anything. Siblings teach us many important things in life like how to win arguments and how to get what you want in return to keep your mouth shut and not tell mom and dad. 

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6. Teaching me that it’s good to make mistakes. Growing up I always got down on myself for making mistakes. My parents taught me, as I’m sure yours have taught you, that as long as you learned something from the mistake, it isn’t a bad thing. As simple as this lesson is, I believe it is important in life to not get down on yourself and be positive. Thank you for making me learn from my mistakes guys.

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7. Giving me my love of pizza. I truly believe that my family loves pizza more than any other family, and I’m sure my cousins will back me up on this one. College students love pizza, and I just think that we should all thank our parents for introducing us to this heavenly food.

8. Being my best friends. A best friend is someone who listens without judgement, who’s there for you always, and who pushes you to be your best. Best friends get excited to see each other when they’ve been hundreds of miles away from each other for months. Best friends make you laugh and cry, and they order you pizza when you’re having a really bad day, or a really good day, or just an okay day, they just eat pizza together okay? My parents and I eat pizza together, and all that other stuff too.  

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9. Worrying about me. I know I missed a lot of curfews and made you wait up for me. I always told you I would be fine and that you didn’t need to stay up and wait for me. I hate that you worry about me so much, but sometimes it feels nice to be worried about. Knowing that there are people out there that are worried about you, makes you feel special.

My parents when I tell them I was at a friend’s house watching movies…

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10. Making it so hard to leave. To quote my dear old friend Winnie the Pooh, “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Thank you for being so great at parenting. I like to think you did at least an okay job 🙂

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If you have parents who raised you right, and loved you more than anything, don’t forget to thank them!

This blog post is dedicated to not only my parents, who gave me life, but also to the many other sets of parents that have figuratively “adopted” me over the years. I will never ever be able to thank you all enough for everything you’ve done for me. I love you all to the moon and back <3

Written By: Megan Johnson is a Senior at the University of Montana, graduating in December of 2015.

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5 Reasons You Should Tell Your Parents You Love Them Today

Whether it’s your parents, grandparents, siblings, aunt/uncle, etc., everyone has that certain person or group of people that have been their largest influencing factor for the majority of their life. During our young  lives we rarely take the time to appreciate or even realize the things these people have done for us. Looking back one can realize they have done more for you then you could ever repay but with that being said these people don’t expect anything in return. What means the most to them is knowing the way you feel about them. So pick up your phone, write a card/email, or send a prayer today because here is 5 reasons (among 1000 other things) why you should tell your parents you love them today.

1.   They Gave Up Their Lives For You

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Once you became a part of their lives these people dedicated all their time, energy, and resources to you. They constantly sacrificed and forgot their own needs just so they could provide you with the things you needed and wanted. They went to work every day so they could provide for you. They traveled the town and globe to support you and your interests. They lost sleep, hair, and compromised the rest of their own youth so you could enjoy yours.

2.   They Built Your Foundation for Success

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Refer to yourself as a self-made individual and I have no problem calling BS to your face. Sure you may have worked incredibly hard and been dedicated to reach your goals and become successful but in no way was it a sole endeavor. The characteristics and traits that have led to your success came from the influence of these special people. They taught you how to be successful and once you set out to reach your goals, they were there to support you. They laid out the platform for you to be successful and this is a platform that will guide you for the rest of your life.

3.   They Loved You through Your Worst

spoiled-brat-kidRemember when you were a little middle school smart ass, a whiny little toddler, an irresponsible and unruly teenager? Well so do your parents. We all can look back on times and absolutely hate ourselves for the things we did and the way we acted but during these times our parents still loved and provided for us. The fact that anyone was willing to let us live, let alone love us during these times deserves all the praise you can give.

4.   They Changed For You

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Looking way back in time you may actually find a version of your parents you consider “cool”. They were probably similar to yourself now or a younger version of yourself with their own interests, ideals, and bad habits. Often times these are the hardest things to change in a person’s life. It takes a huge driving force to make big changes in a person but once again because of you, your parents often had to change and stop doing many of these things because they were not in your best interest. So indirectly you should be held responsible for your parents losing their “cool”.

5.   You Mean More to Them Than You Can Comprehend

I’m sure I will never fully understand what it means to be a parent until I reach that stage in my life. I can think back at the countless times my parents have gone out of their way just to get the chance to and sit down and talk with me and this gives the basic understanding that parents don’t care about the place, activity, or situation. All they care about is you. This unique type of love may not be found anywhere else.  There is nobody that have been as engaged in my life and devoted to me in the biggest and smallest ways as my parents. I fully regret every missed opportunity to spend time with my parents. With that being said it’s time for me to go make a phone call. You should do the same and don’t forget to tell the most influential people in your life how much you love and appreciate them!

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