As kids we all have gripes with regard to how our parents raised us. I’m not an exception. I have looked at my friends’ parents and thought, I wish my parents were like that. At the same time, I can tell you that I have also seen other parents and I thanked my lucky stars. In any case, it could be better, but it could always be worse. Maybe your mom never came to any of your games, or recitals, or plays (or insert extra curricular activity display here). It could very well be that maybe she was providing for your little ungrateful butt. 🙂 It’s important to see things from different perspectives. I feel that perspective contributes a great deal to growth.
We all have our issues, but it is important for us to see certain things as we get older. For me, especially since I have a child, I see the world more through my parents’ eyes. My son’s name is Kai and I want to provide for him, protect him, make sure that he has everything that he needs and some things that he doesn’t. I want to preserve his childhood and give him everything that I didn’t have (although looking back, honestly wasn’t much).
I used to feel that there was a tremendous amount of pressure being a child, especially for an over-achiever like me. Now that the tables are turned, I see that there is an awful amount of pressure being a parent. It’s about time that we all give each other some slack!
I guess, it’s all about perspective.