Love For Life

Raised with strict family values, I cringe to phrases like, “I cant wait to get my
children out of the house,” or “As soon as my children reach 18, they are on their own.”
I become shocked to discover that age defines the release date in which children are no
longer supported by parents. Children are the offspring to which parents give birth to in
life. Regardless of the age, an individual will always be a child to ones mother or father
and should receive support until, and beyond, the age of being released into the world.
Support is the assistance provided on earth. In order to live happily in this world, one must
be supported or support themselves with food, a house, finance, security, approval,
acceptance, and love. These, all of which are determined by Abraham H. Maslow, a well-
respected psychologist, are the “hierarchy of needs.” These are needs that everyone
should have the ability to acquire.

Unfortunately, the much needed support from many parents are being cut off too
early. As a college student entering adulthood, I witness many peers facing very stressful
times of their lives. At this time of their lives, a number of peers have been “released”
from parental support, hoped to have been given to them until individual security was
found. Instead, many peers have found themselves desperately “on their own.” This early
release from parental support comes at a crucial time to many, because it disrupts the
need to prepare themselves completely for society. To too many of my fellow students,
education and support is replaced by financial and emotional burdens. The weight of the
many hardships that arrive, restricts a clear thinking mind, necessary for education and
personal development. A child must have full support from the parents to gain knowledge
and security in the world. Immature detachment of parental support, will result in the
disturbance to acquire personal potential. Parents should think about the needs of the
children and continue to support them through the many lengths and levels throughout life.

We live in a complex society where love, care, advice, and assistance are of
priceless value.Because living is about learning, parents should be available to their
children for understanding lifes dynamic possibilities. Parents helping their children learn
from their past experiences will aid them to become more knowledgeable of the world and
what to expect from it. The less parents teach children of past encounters, the more their
children tend to repeat lifes mistakes. Support should vary according to how much the
child needs in order to support him or herself. Though food, house, finance, and security
needs are met by the child, a parent should continue to be open with love and acceptance.
Should in one day all material items disappear, the most important necessity needed to
remain secure, is love and acceptance. Parenting is giving love and support without an
expiration date.
The parent-child relationship is a significant element of human nature. The
relationship is devotion that a child receives from the parent and gives back to his or her
own mother or father. If a child receives plenty of affection from the parents, the child will
tend to give this love back, later down the road of life. From being nurtured as an infant to
support of a parent of old age, if a child was brought up lovingly and supportively, it is
likely that when the parents reach an elderly stage, they will also be taken care of, lovingly
and supportively. Like the saying, “What comes around, goes around,” life tends to
perform karma in many ways throughout life.

Unconditional love and support will take away the worries that many face.
Unconditional love and support replaces the need for extreme individual responsibility.
Responsibility is what many parents think about when making the mistake of releasing
children too early into society.What parents believe as laying responsibility upon their
child, actually turns into uncertainty, insecurity, lack of confidence, and sense of rejection.
These experiences impair concentration required to focus on education and personal
growth. In some case these experiences of uncertainty, insecurity, etc., develop into
depression, which places major stress upon the body. Young adults should not be dropped
into society by their parents, but supported as child becomes more secure, emotionally and
financially.

An emotionally and financially developed adult will learn to gain responsibility
through knowledge and growth. Education prepares an individual by allowing time and
instruction from school to naturally make one become a stable individual. Responsibility
cannot be forced upon a person at such an immature age, because young adults are faced
with hardships that turn education away. This is knowledge that would assist in coping
with lifes many situations, including struggle. The difficulties that students’ face makes
them rethink the thought of formal education, and therefore places their personal growth at
risk. Without time and education, students lose confidence in themselves and in society
that also makes one incompetent.

Without parental emotional support, many young adults turn to alcohol, drugs,
and unhealthy relationships due to the lack of self-confidence and proper guidance.Many
young adults look to outlets to relieve the stress that they face. The use of alcohol and
drugs can produce short-term and long-term effects that are hazardous to an individual.
Formations of unhealthy relationships are also common due to the shortage of self-esteem
and social skills. These situations are some of those that can become avoided through
love, care, and support of children.

Everyone should be given the opportunity to live to his or her full potential. The
ability to arrive at goals that, at one time, a person only dreamed about having. To achieve
a high level of human promise that one never knew could be attained. To reach these
levels of human potential; concentration, education, and support are of priceless value.
From birth to adulthood, every child deserves knowledge to become competent in this
world.Concentration is also essential and is achieved with the help of parents providing
basic necessities to keep a child or young adult focused. The responsibility, as a parent, is
to prepare his or her child with skills that will become useful in this world. An uneducated
and unemotionally stable individual may experience much hardship and struggle.

Timeless support from parents is all that one needs to find the development of
our potentials and full understanding of the world. Through parents we learn to love, to
care, to find acceptance, and to protect ourselves from the physical and social
environment. We learn from what is right and wrong as a child, to understanding
confusing situations to life as adults. While seeking love and support as infants,
adolescents, and adults, we return to our love back to our parents as they reach old age
and are of need to our care and acceptance. Through timeless love and support we are
brought up as responsible, caring, and competent people to society because of our well
developed and mature knowledge. Only when, as a young adult, I see well-established love
and support from parents to my peers, do I really see the love and appreciation felt from
my peers towards the mother and/or father. This unconditional, untimed love and support
are all that is necessary to breed happiness in both parent and child.

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