Things we wish we could tell our parents

On account of International Parents' Day 2021, here is an open conversation about all the things we wish we could tell our parents


By Aliya Zuberi

KARACHI: On International Parents’ Day 2021, we’re here to celebrate the two most important people in our lives. Our parents have dedicated their lives to raising us, nurturing us, and being our pillars of love and support. But in celebrating our parents, we also acknowledge that our parents aren’t perfect. Raising kids didn’t come with an instruction manual and they were bound to make mistakes along the way. And that’s okay.

So, on International Parents’ Day 2021, we decided to open up a conversation on things kids wish their parents understood. Things, which if understood, would make our lives easier and make them more loveable.

Comparisons do NOT help

Comparing us to our friends or cousins is the worst thing you can do. If you knew half the things that they did, you’d realize that they aren’t the perfect kids you think they are. And we’re pretty sure you wouldn’t like it if we compared you to other parents either.

Also, comparing us to our siblings is unnecessary. It causes resentment and competition between us and in that moment we hate our siblings for existing. Comparisons are counterproductive.

Disagreeing isn’t the same as arguing

Parents, you have to understand that as we grow up we develop our own personalities and our own views and sometimes those differ from yours.

So if we disagree on a matter, we aren’t arguing with you or disrespecting you. We’re being our own selves and you should give us the space to voice our opinions and thoughts.

Tell us it’ll be okay

We get that you push us to be our best and we don’t want to disappoint you. But there are times when we give our best and it isn’t enough. It’s then when we really need you to be supportive and tell us that it’s okay. Every failure doesn’t need to be a lesson for us. Sometimes all you have to say is “it’s okay, you’ll do better next time.”

Times are changing, so should you

One of the most frustrating hurdles in a child and parent’s relationship is the generation gap. Parents often forget that what applied to them decades ago, doesn’t apply to us.

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Celebrate our achievements, even if they don’t align with your wishes

Parents, you’ll be shocked to learn that just because we didn’t check the boxes you set out for us to be the perfect child, it doesn’t mean that we’re complete failures.

I might not get straight As in all subjects but being the captain of the winning sports team is also a big deal. I might not be working the corporate job that you wanted, but my boss can’t stop praising me for the effort I put in. I might not be married yet but I’ve achieved so much more in the meantime.

Here’s to using International Parents’ Day 2021 as an opportunity to have much-needed conversations with our parents.

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