The Delicate Relationship Between Your Parents And Career-Stifled Partner

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My parents—like all parents—worry about their kids. They want the best for me. They want me to wind up with a lifestyle that is at least as nice as the one they provided for me in my childhood, if not better. And I was fortunate enough to have a very nice childhood. I lived in a gorgeous suburban, safe, town. I went to a college preparatory high school. I was able to take piano lessons. My parents hope that I can provide my own kids with a life like this one day. So, it can be hard for them that I chose a career path that is less-than-conventional and not exactly stable. It can be even harder for them that I chose a partner with a similar path. I know we’ll be okay. My partner is incredibly talented, resourceful, and driven. He’s already making tremendous inroads into the places he needs to be. But my parents won’t believe it until we own a four-bedroom home in the suburbs, and that can put me in an awkward position sometimes. Here is a look at the delicate relationship between parents, and a career-stifled partner.

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You play up his accomplishments

My parents don’t understand the implications of certain advancements in my partner’s career. So I have to play them up, put my own spin on them, and explain them in a way my parents will understand this is a big deal. Otherwise, they don’t give him the excitement and praise he deserves when good things happen.

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