One of the critical things my father keep reminding us to build up our relationship with our children when they are small.
As you review the cycle of life for us, we start out as babies depending on our parents for everything. As we grow into the various stages of our lives, we start to become more and more independent of our parents.
This is actually an ingenious design. During the early stages of our children lives, it is important for us parents to build and norish our relationship with them. This period usually last about 12 years. When children grow into their teens, they will start having more friends that they will associate with and the hormones will start getting in the way. Teenage years are usually known as the rebelious years.
Parents at Windsor Castle (Photo credit: Kevin Hutchinson)
I believe we (my sister and me) still have a strong relationship with our parents. I also see many around us still have strong contacts and relationship with the parents. So I can say that safely say that my father knows what he is talking about.
I just took my children to watch Brave today. There is a strong message of mother – daughter relationship and how sometimes pride and unspoken words could ruin the relationship. I wonder if my daughter caught the message.
Recently, there was an article in the newspaper of a prominent doctor whose son committed suicide. In the article, he regretted not spending enough time with his family and since the death of his son, he has made it a point to spend more time with the rest of his family. I guess it is too late for him and his son but he can still make amends with the surviving members. As a result of the tragedy, he received his wake up call. He is now going around to remind other parents to not forget their family. Also, even though the world is more competitive, we should not just focus on academic achievements, there is more to life than that.
I guess it is true that we cannot choose our family but that does not mean that we should not try to make the best out of it. What are your thoughts?
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