When you’re growing up, your parents appear to be know-it-alls. They have an answer to everything you may ask them, and they always seem to have everything together.
As a kid, if you ever need advice on something, it stands to reason that you would normally go to one of your parents to talk about whatever it is you need help with. Yet rarely do they come to you when THEY have a question.
And with good reason: you haven’t had enough life experience to give them an answer that would actually HELP them with their situation. Instead, they rightfully go to another adult who might be able to give better insight.
But then, one day, after years and years of not being asked for your advice (or, worse, being told your opinion doesn’t count since you “don’t know enough”), your Mom or Dad come to you and want to talk.
At first, you think you’ve gone and done something wrong… but then, they open up the conversation with the words: “Well, the reason I wanted to talk to you… is because I need to get your advice on something…”
At that point, it doesn’t even matter what the “something” is. The important thing is, this asking of your advice by your parent is a HUGE milestone. It means you’ve reached that point in life where adults now believe your opinion and thoughts to be important enough to make a difference in THEIR decision-making.
It also means you’ve experienced enough in life to warrant someone else thinking your opinion is valid. Needless to say, having anybody ask you for advice is great, but when your parents (and, later, other adults such as Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, etc.) start asking you for it… well, that’s just FAN-friggin’-TASTIC!
Ah, when your parents start asking YOU for advice… now THAT’S something to be thankful for!