[Global Conversations] Parent's Dreams vs. Children's Dreams
Sometimes parents dreams for their children prevent them from hearing about what their children dream for themselves.
This story was submitted by mobile phone from India as part of the Amplify program's Global Conversations project, an effort to extend the reach of our Zero to Five challenge to communities without reliable access to the internet.
The content was submitted in response a radio program asking parents about their dreams for their children's future. It was originally recorded in Hindi and then translated into English and posted by local volunteers.
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Do parents encourage their children to follow their own dreams?
Pooja Kumari from Samastipur, Bihar shared her thoughts on the influence of parents on the careers of their children:
In villages, I have seen that most parents dream that their children will become doctors or engineers. As a result, achieving this goal becomes the focus of a child's entire life. The child is not given a chance to think about what they would like to become or make choices for their future. Parents do not get to know what their children dream of doing or what they expect from their parents or education. But parents should check in with their children when they are home and studying after school. They should see how their children are doing and help them if they are making mistakes.
All parents want their children to be successful - but what if their children have different ideas than their parents about what that means? How can parents balance their dreams for their children with the dreams children have for themselves?
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