Lessons our Grandparents Taught Us


I’m continually looking for new lessons to teach my kids. If you’re like me, sometimes we find ourselves in a rut reinforcing the same four or five things. Or worse, we lose track of being intentional and find ourselves reacting to behaviors and failing to proactively teach anything at all. That’s where lessons from our grandparents can be so helpful.

Think about it. If your grandparents were like mine, they had little use for keeping my behavior in line like my parents. Instead, what I remember most is the wisdom they shared with me on the important things in life. They had the experience to know what really matters and were unencumbered by the need to waste time worrying about me stealing candy corn out of the jar in the living room.

So here’s some inspiration and hopefully refocusing for us on what really matters. Think back to the three biggest lessons you learned from any of your grandparents. Then, take some time to write them down. And let’s focus on them this week. Mine are easy. Papa wanted me to know three things more than anything else.

  1. God made everything, including me, and loves me no matter what.
  2. “Salt your money away.” (His old-time way of saying save your money.)
  3. When you look for your bride, try to find one just like Mimi. (This always included a highlighting of all her many great qualities in her presence.)

There’s some great application in them for me today as a parent. I must confess those are three lessons I haven’t been very intentional about with my boys, but they are powerful and fresh.

What is the legacy you were left by your grandparents that you can teach and pass on to your kids?

Until next time,


About Jeffrey D. Potts, Ed.D.

Raised on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country, Jeff Potts, Ed.D., grew up learning the importance of hard work and family values. A graduate of Baylor University, he has master’s degrees from two universities and earned his Ed.D. in teaching and learning from a fourth institution. Potts launched his pedagogical career in the 1990s, working full-time with students and parents. READ MORE→