“Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.”
- Oscar Wilde.
In my teenage years I had a....erm.... tumultuous relationship with my parents. I was a very emotional teenager. I felt things very deeply and I felt EVERYTHING. At the time it pissed me off that my parents would make light of my issues, but now I get it. My issues must have seemed so trivial to them with their serious adult problems. I think I probably would have made light of my issues too.
Being a parent is hard. Really hard. The hardest part is not just the raising of your children, but also the raising of yourself. My parents did a pretty good job of me. It took me a while to realise that, but as soon as I stood back and realised that 'hey I am a pretty awesome person' it dawned on me that I have my parents to thank for that. And now I can raise my boys to be awesome too. That's probably the best gift you can give your kids.