-- Truth Be Told Quotes
Before you were born, your parents had dreams about who
you’d be. As it turns out, you’re your own person, with your own
personality. (“I want to do contact juggling, not ballet, Dad!”)
And they had to learn to accept you for who you really are.
There’s going to come a time when you look at your parents and you might be disappointed that they aren’t all you dreamed they would be.
Just like you, your parents are who they are, with their own baggage that helped make them that way. They probably made some very human mistakes. And there’s a good chance that they did what they thought was best at the time. Hopefully you can find a way to love them for who they are, not who you wished they would be.
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This quote about healthy family relationships helps teens and young adults see that their parents are human too, and that parents are worthy of compassion and empathy. The quote helps them realize there is an element of fairness in giving their parents the same type of acceptance that teens often want for themselves. Family relationships can be healthier if all members try to understand other perspectives and offer compassion.
Many teens and young adults, as they become more self-aware and seek to understand their individual place in the family unit, start finding a lot of fault in their parents. They may be angry, sad, or disappointed at their parents’ personalities, parenting style, level of involvement, achievements, and countless other aspects of the parents’ way of being and living.
This quote is not meant to excuse the impact parents with negative behaviors have on their families. But it can help teens see where their parents are coming from, in order to find a path to understanding, perspective, and forgiveness. Teens may have heard the quote that “You can’t understand being a parent until you are one.” This quote about compassion can help teens see that there may be more forces at work in the way a parent conducts their life and makes parenting decisions.
Questions to prompt discussion, journaling, essays for high school health class and social emotional development lessons:
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