Thanks, Mom and Dad!
I wish they had involved me in more activities and offered to teach me things.
I never learned how to swim, how to drive a car, how to ride a bike. My father was so hands-off that my mother had to tell me about shaving when I was about… 15? 16? (UPRC)
Not always praising my natural intelligence. I was a gifted kid and grew up constantly being told that I was smart and had so much potential and etc., and now that I’m older I have no idea how to do things that I’m not immediately good at. Turns out this is a pretty common phenomenon; we learn as kids that we can just skate through life and never have to try very hard at anything, so when we grow up and try to learn new skills we’re immediately discouraged if it’s even remotely difficult.
Lots of research and studies by child psychologists show that parents should praise things like hard work and getting out of your comfort zone – things that require actual effort – rather than natural talent or intellect. This keeps your child from developing the idea that their entire sense of self-worth revolves around how smart/talented they are, and teaches them how to study and practice and all of the other things required to learn new skills later in life. (Voixmortelle)
I wish my parents had encouraged me to pick a hobby and get good at it – we were never given the opportunity to join after-school clubs. I particularly wish I could have had music lessons, but hey-ho. At least now that I’m an adult I can take as many classes as I like. (PhantomRhino)