How to Learn from Your Parents Even if They Weren't the Greatest
The most powerful quote in the article was this:
. . . most parents aren’t evil. They’re just ill equipped.
It’s almost like every person is given a parenting toolbox, and inside this toolbox are all the lessons they learned from their role models, all the books they’ve read, all the so-called experts they’ve listened to, all their intentions and love and confusion and hope, and when they finally have children, they open this toolbox and use what’s inside to take care of them.
This both spoke to my own role as a parent and those of my parents' in my own life. It also gave me food for thought. We are to some degree who we are both in spite of and because of our upbringing. And perhaps we are better off to recognize the blessings (as strange as that may sound) inherent in this fact.