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Am I like you?

You're so much like your mum!

You have your dad's eyes.

I remember your mum back in the day, you're a splitting image of her.

You have the exact cheekiness as your dad!

I could go on and on. No matter our differences, I know all kids can agree, that at some point in their life they have been compared to their parents. Whether it was for good or bad, at one point you have wondered "Am I just like you?".

It is normal to have some similarities with your parents, I am not going to go against science here. Of course you may take the curly hair gene from your mum, or the dark eyes from your dad, it's literal biology. Perhaps you may not look a thing like them, but instead you pick up on their behaviour and actions, seeing as they are the ones who are a constant factor in your environment. But have you ever wondered what you would be like, just being you? Simply being the person that you are inside, without having to mould yourself to the expectations or requirements that your inner circle have of you.

As a kid, you look up to your parents, they are your superheros, they cannot do a thing wrong. But as you grow, and as you mature, you begin to realise that they are not in fact these strong, invincible beings we thought, they are people just like you and I. They make mistakes, and say the wrong things, just like we do. This idea of wanting to be like your parents that you had when you were younger, doesn't seem to be there. Instead, you begin to evolve on your own, but taking in the errors your parents made along the way and putting a right to them.

Don't get me wrong, I admire my mum so much for all that she has done for me. Seeing the battles which she fights on the daily, only makes me wish to have the same strength and courage that she has. She has been my rock and sole supporter throughout my entire life. But that doesn't mean that my mum, like many other parents, hasn't also made some mistakes along the way. However, that is precisely my point. No matter where we are in our lives, whatever mistakes we may make, we have the ability and chance to learn from them for the better.

I know that there are some children out there who's parents make much more graver mistakes, ones that even leave scars on the kids. But no matter how hard it gets, we always have the opportunity to be better, to push ourselves even more to succeed even when the odds are against you. You might cringe when I say it, but Kelly Clarkson was right when she sung that song "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!". It's simply up to us to decide which path we want to take.

So, for the next time someone says you are so much like your mum or dad, smile to yourself and just think, "Yes I am like them in some ways, but in others, I am going to be so much better!".

For the Kids

FG Child

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