This question can be interpreted in different ways; I'm open to reading what this means to everyone in their own personal responses. I've thought about this myself for years, first as an adolescent and now as a young adult. I've pondered it in different contexts and from different angles and now I'm curious to hear what you think. Thank you.
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Good answer, Monisajda.
In total agreement.
I think some spouses feel ownership over the other in a similar, equally dysfunctional way... Excellent answer, Lisa HW.
I generally agree, but what if that adult, independent child later becomes disabled? What then are the responsibilities, if any, of the parent to the child?
Haha! My parents were ALWAYS right. How annoying.
Great comment, smcopywrite.
What beautiful thoughts! I've read them several times now. Thank you!
Oooh, I love what you said, "If you have your own thoughts...you are only owned by yourself."
I like your concept of being "responsible for" rather than "owning" your children. A very important distinction.
I love what you wrote, "I think that begins with a relationship that is based on mutual respect and love". I totally agree. I also think that some people mistakenly feel they should totally control their children and form them to their own image.
Totally agree there!
Fascinating perspective, Shahid Bukhari! Thanks for sharing it. I think the same applies to Christian children, and probably other faiths, too. I love your words about the parent and child co-owning each other meaning "belonging together".
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