I'm participating in Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop. I chose the prompt Share one piece of advice from someone who knows stuff.
I'm a Registered Nurse and so in a typical working environment the majority of staff is female. This produces a lot of advice, some solicited and a lot of it unsolicited. However, one piece of unsolicited advice has stayed with me throughout the years.
I became friends with an LPN on our nursing unit. She and I hit it off and truely enjoyed working with one another. I just KNEW my night would be an easier night when she was on and if I could snag her on my assignment I would be almost giddy with joy. While working on this nursing unit I became engaged to my husband. This of course was cause for excitement....and cause for unsolicited advice. My friend and I were chatting about her kids (a teen, a tween and a toddler) one night and she looked at me and said "when you and the hubby decide to have kids put a pool in".
Me: Why? (besides the obvious of it gets hot here in NJ over the summer!)
Her: Because then your house will be the one that your kids and their friends will want to hang out at.
Me: But what if I don't want them all at my house. Maybe I'd rather them bother someone elses parents.
Her: If they all hang out at your house, you always know where they are, what they are up to, and who their friends are.
Her: trust me
So anyway, my kids are still on the younger side. I know where they are and who they are with. However, this piece of advice has stuck with me. We don't have a pool and no intentions of ever getting one though, that doesn't mean I still can't be the house to hang out at.