When I was growing up, there were certain things my parents said over and over and over again. Every day when we said goodbye to my dad before going to school, he told us to “Do some brilliant work!”
And that one time (I’m sure it was only once) that I talked back to my mom, she said “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.”
While I didn’t think much of it at the time, I realize now, that those are the mottos that shaped our lives. And they are the mottos that are shaping the lives of my children!
When I asked my oldest daughter what some of our family mottos are, she immediately responded with “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” I smiled because as the mom of 4, I’ve said that more times than I want to admit! Just like my mom said it to us more times than she wants to admit!
And when my son broke my iPad and burst into tears, I told him the same thing my parents always told me, “People are more important than things.”
And while I don’t tell my kids to “Do some brilliant work” nearly as often as my dad told me, I continue to do brilliant work to this day!
If you’ve ever watched Bringing Up Bates, you know that it’s loaded with family mottos like “Popsicles and Band-Aids are the universal fix for any problem.” And if you’re a parent, you know that it’s pretty much the truth!
The thing I really appreciate about the Bates family is that they live by their values! They also have great quotes about encouragement, family and love.
Some of the quotes are practical, like Nathan’s “Duct tape is always important.”
I’m sure MacGuyver would agree, Nathan!
Some of them are more profound, like Gil’s quote “I don’t know what’s in the future, but I know Who holds the future… and I’m looking forward to what He’s going to deliver.” This is a quote that really resonates with me!!!
I’m so excited that Bringing Up Bates is back this week with it’s 4th season!!! That’s right, tune into UP on Thursday, June 2nd at 9pm for the Season 4 Premiere. If you haven’t watched Bringing Up Bates, it’s totally bingeworthy!
Bringing Up Bates is a family docu-series that follows the lives of Gil and Kelly Jo Bates, proud parents of 19 children and a growing number of grandchildren. In the new season, change is in the air as a lot of the kids are beginning to forge their own paths outside of the family. From new loves, to new careers and new babies, the Bates are experiencing both the highs and lows of life. Tune in to meet the whole family! If you are unsure what channel UP is for your area, click here.
You’re also invited to a Twitter chat!
Join the #BringingUpBates Twitter chat on June 2nd from 9- 10PM ET. This Twitter chat will feature some of your favorite cast members and some amazing prizes! You can get more details and register for the Twitter chat here!
And if you’re not already following me on Twitter, follow me here so we can chat!
Make sure to tune into UP for the season premiere of Bringing Up Bates!
If you’re not already familiar with UP, you’re missing out! It’s an awesome channel! Here’s a little more info…straight from the horse’s mouth!