Our parents are usually the primary shapers of our early sense of ourselves and our future. Most of us grow up wanting to please our parents and have them be proud of us, but when our parents’ vision for our lives differs from our own, we can operate under enormous emotional, mental, and financial pressures to please our parents, leading us to make choices or behave in ways that are contrary to our authentic identity or values. Many of us operate for years under this pressure, pursuing hobbies, careers, or even relationships that don’t fulfill our wants or needs. When we assert our own desires, we can be made to feel like we are attacking or rejecting them, their values, or even our larger family and culture. Finding the strength—and compassion—to reestablish our relationship on our own terms is part of our path to well-being.
The first book for daughters who have suffered the abuse of narcissistic, self-involved mothers, Will I Ever Be Good Enough? provides the expert assistance you need in order to overcome this debilitating history and reclaim your life.
When adult children feel that their parents do not support them, the pain is evident. And so we have what seems like an enigma: Why seek out connection with parents they’ve specifically defied? Why do these adult children need the approval of their parents even when they don’t agree with them?
Choosing a career isn’t easy, especially when your parents object to your proposed line of work. But sometimes, ignoring their advice and following your dreams can land you in the history books—just like these 15 people who followed their passions and made an impact.
Youth sports, through the eyes of kids polled by i9 Sports, have a problem: the adults who run them. Eighty-four percent of kids said they either want to or have quit a team, and a third wish adults didn't watch their games because it makes them nervous.