What did your parents do right while raising you? Now if you're an adult they obviously provided a safe environment, water, food, shelter, ect. And then what did they do very wrong? And then finally which of those things do you plan on doing or providing for your children? My father left long before can remember so I'll exclude him from this discussion. My mother and my grandparents provided: -Lots of entertainment options -Quality food -Lots of social activities -A fairly large extended family -A few hobbies -Made sure I went to a good elementary school from 4-7th grade Things I feel impacted on me negatively: -Exposure to drug/alcohol abuse very early -Wasn't taught the general skill sets in order to maintain a house -Intellectual curiosity wasn't fostered -Exposure to failed, or abusive, social relationships -No encouragement to do well in school When I was eleven my mother remarried an moved half way across the country and all of the positives pretty much went away. With the exception being lots of great food. Her husband hated me and I was pretty much ignored from then on, if anything I did caused them any effort he threatened to divorce my mother and to leave her alone with a small child.