Across cultures and across time, spaces have been created to handle inter-generational conflicts and to ease the flow of communication. Aastha foundation attempts to create such a space for teenagers and their parents.
Creating meaningful spaces for teenagers and their parents
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you.
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you
- Khalil Gibran
We all love our children and believe that we know them best. We give them the best we can. We guide them; teach them; talk to them; walk with them. We do our best to make sure that they are happy and successful in life.
The best of intentions at times can come in the way of understanding each other and stating what we expect from each other. We adults, often lose touch with the needs and demands of the age and the context or our children. Our children meanwhile, find it difficult to listen to the voice of experience. While children, at this age, are seeking their independence, parents find it difficult to cut the umbilical cord. This push and pull can create conflicts and misunderstanding that blocks the flow of communication.
Across cultures and across generations, spaces have been created to handle such conflicts and enable the transition from one phase of life to the other. Aastha foundation attempts to create such a space for teenagers and their parents:
- to express their feelings freely
- to communicate with each other without getting caught with personal biases and judgments
- to articulate their expectations
- to commit to listening to each other wholeheartedly
- to align with each other and find a way forward
We invite you to co-create such a space towards investing in your relationship with each other.