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What was the best, or worst, advice your parents ever gave you?


Keep your elbows off the table, say thank you, don't talk back and put your dishes in the sink. Parents ingrain these simple things in your head at an early age and, hopefully, they stick.

But parents can also give some great, and sometimes bad, advice.

My dad always told me that anyone with a tattoo probably had some kind of problem and you should probably not trust them. I now have a tattoo and have learned that some of the most trustworthy people I've ever come across have tattoos.

My mom was a little more realistic. She always wanted me to try hard, keep quiet and have fun. I think I've done quite well with two out of these three—I just can't keep myself quiet when I feel something needs to be said.

So, in recognition of Mothers Day, we're Just Askin': what was the best, and worst, advice your parents ever gave you?

Share your comments below!

Quincy Hodges May 07, 2012 at 04:44 PM
"Always wear clean underwear, you never know what's going to happen."- I think this was good advice.
P W May 07, 2012 at 04:44 PM
If you tell somebody something expect it to be repeated.
Morgan Delack May 07, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Best: treat others as you'd like to be treated.
Marcia Watts Sagendorph (Editor) May 07, 2012 at 08:33 PM
My mom said, "Get out and explore the world. Have fun!" I took her advice and studied in London during my last semester in college.
Dr. Mark Solomon May 07, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Dad was an attorney: "If you need the police for something you can talk to them, but if they come to you --no matter what they tell you -- tell em your not saying anything without me there!
Cristel Mohrman (Editor) May 08, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Too many to list! One of the best might be from my dad - "Don't hold your knife like it's a weapon." That's served me well.
Gloria Casas (Editor) May 08, 2012 at 04:57 PM
From my dad: always check your oil. One time I didn't listen and it messed up my engine.
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