YOU DON’T OWE YOUR PARENTS ANYTHING
IT WAS THEIR CHOICE TO HAVE, KEEP AND RAISE YOU BUT IT WASN’T YOUR CHOICE TO BE THEIR CHILD
ANY EXPECTATIONS OR IDEALS THEY TRY AND ENFORCE ON YOU ARE BULLSHIT IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THEM
THEY SHOULD ACCEPT THEIR CHILD AS THEY ARE NOT JUDGE THEM ON A MINOR DETAIL THAT DOESN’T AFFECT THEIR LIFE
DO NOT FEEL BAD IF YOU AREN’T THE PERFECT CHILD YOUR PARENTS THINK YOU SHOULD BE
Not sure what initiated this, but I can say I think some of it is a bit ….well, childish.
As a parent, I expect a lot from my children. A terrible amount of expectations. This includes: be kind to other people, help when you can, stay out of the way when you do not want to help. Be an independent, free thinking person and respect the thoughts of other individuals. Use the gift/skills you have, develop new ones. Never hit anyone unless in self-defense or to protect someone else. Don’t take things that don’t belong to you. Never stop learning. Earn your keep, don’t depend on charity. If you love, love openly and honestly - if you hate, resolve it, or remove yourself from the source of your hate. Spend your time wisely - there is no savings plan for time unused. “One day”, “tomorrow” and “someday” will never pay you back. I expect my kids to know where they are going at all times and stages in their lives. They may not get there, but that is no reason to not have a destination in mind. I expect them to make mistakes - lots of mistakes. But more importantly, I expect them to learn from these mistakes and try not to repeat them. I expect them to take any advice (this included), ball it up and throw it as far away as possible - they wouldn’t be the free-thinking, mistake-prone examples from above if they didn’t. Lastly, I expect my children to know that they are loved. No matter what “bullshit” they reject from me, no matter how many of my expectations are left on the table. They will be loved.