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August 06, 2008

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tamarika

Ah, definitely! Parents' motives are certainly to prepare children for living successfully and safely in the world. And the desire is genuine at the deepest, most sincere level. The question I ask relates to whether their fears and life experiences are relevant and real for their children, who are born of different parents, in different family configurations, and at a different time/era.

savtadotty

I think parental warnings come from their/our own fears and past life experiences, which sometimes get amplified in a need to keep children in "their place," that is, under control of adults, but also can come from a genuine desire to prepare children for living the world.

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