When we are younger we are more foolish, more arrogant and lack wisdom. We tend to think that our parents are old and out of touch and can’t possibly relate to the issues that we have to deal with. However, later in life you realize that your parents know exactly what you’re dealing with because they went through that shit themselves. Sadly, most of us have to make our own mistakes to learn these valuable life lessons instead of simply trusting our parents’ sage advice. These Redditors revealed the moment when they realized that their parents were right.
In the Ask Reddit subreddit, this question was posed to Redditors, “What was your best ‘fuck, my parents were right’ moment?” These were the pearls of wisdom that parents gave their ungrateful children, but they didn’t realize it at the time.
BurnoutByNight – “I want a bunch of pets! No, they’re expensive. When you’re an adult with your own home you can have all of the pets you want!’ I only have 3 now. They are expensive to keep.”
otpprincess – “Put away a little bit from every paycheck you make, even if it’s only a $1. Save some money whenever you have the chance.” When my transmission blew and I only had $300 in my savings account, I really wished I had listened. Now I’ve got almost 5k saved up. It’s not a lot, but at least now I’ll be ready if my car fucks up again
Chyrios – “Later in life you’ll come to realize you won’t have many friends, because they just lose contact with you”.
Never have they been so correct
Metalhead242 – dad said that same thing except. “your brother is the only friend youll have forever so you better damn well get along.”
PopApocrypha – My dad said that time sped up as you got older. Man, it is depressing for thirty-something-year-old me to report back to teenage me that he was right. It was only yesterday that teenage me was … etc… etc… and then suddenly now.
Artiemes – You’ll grow out of it. Yep. I grew out of it.
awaythrowyouwill – I was about 12. Extremely resistant to change. Mom buys me boxers. I’d always worn tighty whities. She says I should try wearing them, I defiantly refuse. I like my underwear the way it is and I’m not gonna wear some stupid shorts. My dad says I should try them out because they’re what older guys wear, only little kids wear briefs. I still defiantly refuse. Say no one will see them under my pants anyway. That year in school, we start having to change before gym class. Guess who’s the ONLY kid in tighty whities. Guess who gets teased about it all day. Guess who goes home and openly welcomes his new boxers.
blakeinalake – You should talk to your college professors outside of class. My dad was totally right and my grades were consistently better as a result of going to office hours.
Jawbone54 – “I know it feels like you’re in love, but one day you’re going to look back and this whole break-up is going to be hilarious.” He said this after 15-year-old me looked at him as a tear trickled down my face. I half-whispered, “You just don’t know how I feel.” My dad paused for a second, then began laughing so hard he cried.
I’m 32 now, and the memory gets funnier every year.
FingerpistolPete – I remember my dad would always mention being the one paying the bills during arguments if it ever came down to it.. Sure as shit, bills are the devil
RiggRMortis – Not so much my parents, but my mom. When I’d do bad in school, or refuse to do homework, she would always say “you’re going to turn out like your father if you don’t make a better effort.” I’m 32 now, and I’ve had my current job for a year and two months. The longest run of employment I’ve ever had, sadly. However, I realized shortly before I got this job that she was right, I had become my father. Putting my marriage at risk because I couldn’t hold a job and blaming everyone else for it, and not taking responsibility for anything. That realization inspired change. About six months ago I was dealing with the urge to quit my job again, and fighting it every day. It was a huge struggle for me to make myself get up and go to work. Then my dad died. Alone in a hospice, with nothing left but a few wise ass t-shirts. My mom loved him, she still does, but she couldn’t deal with it anymore. He remarried and the same thing happened again. I don’t want to die alone. I don’t want to lose my wife. My mother was right, and it took almost losing my marriage and the lonely death of my father to finally get it through my thick skull.
And my favorite of all the valuable life lessons has got to be this gem.
GozerDaGozerian – “You can’t be a Ghostbuster.” I got really mad at that one… Turns out they were right, Ghostbusting is not a real career.