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Monday, September 12, 2011

Discussion of "Parents and Children" with Yana Meleshko

 Fun Fact of the Day: “The first successful English settlement was at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607” (http://awesomeamerica.com/usa/).

Topic: Parents and Children
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    In your opinion when does a child become an adult? Do you remember when you started to consider yourself an adult? What inner changes do you think are central in the growing-up process? (Mental changes, differences in knowledge, a number etc.). What do you see as some main differences between a child and an adult?
  2. How would you describe your relationship with your parents when you were a child vs. as an adult? Would you describe your relationship as warm? Do you argue often? How do disagreements alter relationships between parents and their children?
  3. /Wikipedia/
    Do you have any regrets about behavior as a child or a teenager? If you could go back in time, would you change anything from your childhood or teenage years? Would you appreciate anything more? Or are you happier now?
  4. Think about the following expression: “Our own mistakes teach us best of all”. Do you agree with this statement? Can you relate any of your own experiences to this phrase? What is the difference between improving yourself based on your own mistakes and making conclusions based on the mistakes of others / following others’ advice?
  5. Is it a good idea to give a lot of personal space and freedom to children? If you have children or want them someday, do/would you let them choose their own paths in life, such as their occupation and university studies?
  6. Were you independent as a child and a teenager or did you follow others, such as parents or your peers? Why or why not? Would you raise your children the same way you grew up?

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