“My friends and my mum are my main support people.” – Carissa
The parent relationship is a significant one. Significant relationships tend to impact on us, and as the parent connection is unique, sometimes it can have unique challenges. It can have a key impact on our wellbeing.
We are a product of our parents more than just genetically; they pass on important family and cultural values to us. The parent relationship can be complex and it can influence how we connect with the world. Whether we are connecting well with our parents or not, there are many factors that can affect this relationship.
Some of the benefits of a positive parent connection are feeling cared for, having guidance in life, and feeling like you have a safety net. Realising how you and your parent are alike can be something to acknowledge in your life and eventually be proud of.
As we become older and our individual identity develops, we may or may not continue to identify with our parent or parents as much. Whatever the circumstances, our parents often hold specific keys to our personal growth on all levels. It can be one of the biggest levers over our mental health, and may be important to explore, build on, or even repair.
Take a look at the resources below to know more about connections with parents. We also have information on supporting parents and connecting with family.