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Shvoong Home>Books>Why do relationships between parents and children turn sour? Review

Why do relationships between parents and children turn sour?

Book Review   by:Annie     Original Author: Annie Arora
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In this twisting kaleidoscope of life, we encounter people from all walks of life, some of whom give us joy and some pain. Life can be very trying indeed, the challenges it imposes sometimes are immensely troublesome and in such circumstances there is just the source of solace and comfort irrespective of the enormity of the calamity. No denying the fact, that foundation of joy is our parents and according to me the most beautiful of God’s manifestations. But where does one go if they fail us in times when we need them the most, in crucial situations, critical enough to change our lives? Imagine the pitiful plight of one such individual whose buoyant hopes are mercilessly dashed to the ground by his parents who demand him to take up a career of not his own but their choice. To implicitly obey their dictates and accomplish what they themselves could not achieve .It is true that there is no friendship, no love like that of a parent for the child. Then why is that they get blinded by petty insignificant issues and as status and materialistic possessions like wealth when it comes selecting a life partner for their progeny. They blatantly refuse to acknowledge the fact that their child has already selected a life partner. Instead, of giving their blessings for a happy matrimony, they act as the main obstacle. Now won’t it be a mockery of their marriage when at the alter they go through the sacred rituals without actually meaning them. In my observations, certain parents will always treat their progeny as children even if they have crossed forty.
Their offspring rebel when they realize that their parents do not give them the liberty to use their own sense of direction in business and other walks of life. Why should parents be so overbearing and tight-fisted? After all, whatever they have inherited from their parents should rightfully and generously be passed into the next generation at the right time. If this does not take place amicably then their progeny will most likely revolt and take to anti-social activities like drinking and drugs to give vent to their mental frustrations. Under such circumstances, it is better if they become independent even if it is against their parents wishes. Parents send their children to the best of institutions to learn to reason. Of what use is this education if the parents keep dictating terms to their youngsters. They should make leaders and not followers of their offspring. After all human beings are the most superior of all the races who are blessed with a keen intellect. If elders keep hampering the mental development of their youngsters by not giving them the proper freedom then I am sorry to say that this whole education system is a big farce where people don’t practice what they preach.
Published: July 11, 2005   
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