7 Things I Learned About Parenting While Working in the Oil Field

Photo by: Cody Coombs
Shouting Doesn't Work
Growing up in a neighborhood where the local moms just shouted down the road for their kids, I thought I was accustomed to yelling. Not so. The oil field ... more 
Photo by: Cody Coombs
Shouting Doesn't Work
Growing up in a neighborhood where the local moms just shouted down the road for their kids, I thought I was accustomed to yelling. Not so. The oil field is filled with non-stop shouting. It's not just shouting because it's loud; it's shouting to call co-workers a combination of various four-letter words. My first day in the oil field was pretty eye-opening, as everyone I was working with started shouting at me as if I were the dumbest guy on the planet. In the end, the shouting didn't work. I just got angry and timid and afraid to do anything I was supposed to do. It's the same way with kids.
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Thu, Oct 31, 2013 12:29 PM EDT

Having heard stories about how expensive law school can be and coming to the realization that working while in law school was not a possibility, I decided to take a job working in an oil field the summer before I began law school. For those who don't know, the companies that work in the oil field have a lot of money. As in, more money than they really know what to do with, which means that many of the employees in the oil field make some pretty good cash while they're there. The trade-off for that big paycheck is that you have to put up with a pretty crappy atmosphere. My first week in the oil field was a real eye-opening experience. I had never been verbally berated before to the point that I hated everything about my job. After two weeks of working in the oil field, I was ready to quit. Thankfully, things turned around for me that next day, and I now somewhat miss working in the oil field. As destructive an atmosphere as the oil field was, I learned some lessons that I've applied to how I raise my kids. Considering that the supervisors treated all of their employees as if they were children, there were a lot of lessons to learn about what to do - and what not to do - when raising kids. Here are the 8 things I learned about parenting while working in the oil field. -By Cody Coombs

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