Saturday, 7 March 2015
The following quotes speak for themselves:
"My parents would always do room searches where they'd go through my stuff and take anything they didn't agree with, and break any CD's that they didn't think were Christian. I tried to hide things behind bookshelves. I even tried to create a hole in my wall. But nothing worked. I remember getting in trouble for leaning up against my friend at church. The youth pastor said we were acting like lesbians, and my mom said I was ruining her reputation."
"Recently I've encountered a problem that I believe this is the solution to. My little ones have been asking to read the Harry Potter books, and of course I'm happy for them to be reading, but I don't want them turning into witches! Why not make some slight changes so these books are family friendly? This story has all the adventure of JKR's books; but will not lead your children astray. I may not be a professional writer but I think I am being given the talent to pull this off in service of a greater mission."
"When I was six I expressed a desire to go into nursing. My grandmother was a nurse's aide and loved the job although she never glossed over how hard it was. However my parents strenuously dissuaded me, saying that nursing offered insufficient pay for the amount of work, plus there was a chance of catching some disease. My mother said I had to choose an acceptable profession because she didn't want me to end up scrubbing other people's floors."
When parents become too forceful in their attempts to mould their children (particularly teenagers) it only causes more rebellion. In extreme cases, this can break up a family. Sometimes people need to step back a bit and allow their young to make mistakes and learn from them. Otherwise their lives will be full of resentment and painful experiences.
On the other hand, there are people who just make bad decisions no matter what, but that's another topic.