Parents aren’t perfect, but every now and then, they’ve got a gem for you like no other. Okay, so maybe your parents have more than a few gems for you. After all, they’ve been around longer than you have and have lived and learned. So from time to time, as much as you may disagree with your Jewish dad or not see eye-to-eye with him, there are a few things that he’s always right about.
1. Educate Yourself
At some point in your life, you should make it a priority to pursue an education. Many of you may be chuckling because you’re already lawyers or doctors, but not every Jewish person ends up an accountant or attorney. There are many Jews in all kinds of career paths, but even if you end up an interpretive dancer or own your own restaurant, you still need to educate yourself in order to truly succeed. Many of us have natural talents and abilities, but if we don’t practice or hone what we have, we will go nowhere. Listen to your Jewish dad and educate yourself, however your career or life dream sees fit.
2. Find A Financially Stable Partner
Your Jewish dad is right that a financially stable partner is an absolute must. This goes for both men and women. You don’t want someone who is racking up credit card debt to live a lifestyle that he or she cannot afford. Why? Because if you marry that person, guess what? It ends up as your debt too! Having a partner who knows how to manage his or her money is crucial. Don’t bother getting involved with someone who can’t manage five dollars to save his or her life. It’s not necessarily the earning power you need to focus on; instead, a potential partner’s money management power is even more important.
3. Follow Through With Your Obligations
If you were like me, you missed out on a Jewish education in Hebrew school. While there were some drawbacks to this, there were a few benefits, too. For instance, I never had to sit in religious classes like my other Jewish friends who whined about their Hebrew School attendance.
But even if you don’t remember a lick of Hebrew, your Jewish dad was teaching you a valuable life lesson by making you go. Sometimes you have to plow through the uncomfortable, dull or routine things of life simply because you have to. Learning to tolerate things you don’t like and follow through with all of your duties gives you great life skills and builds character. We don’t always get to do what we want 24/7.
4. If It Hurts, See A Doctor
Moms and dads may be paranoid, but if something doesn’t feel right, chances are that it’s not right. This is the only body you’ve got, so see a doctor take care of the issue, even if the idea makes you queasy.
To wrap it up, you may not always agree with your dear old Jewish dad, but he’s got a lot of life insight you should hear out before you protest!