IN today’s world, everyone is moving forward at a frenetic pace in order to get somewhere farther and higher. Climbing up the ladder of success is the target irrespective of one’s gender. Women are equally participating in every discipline and challenging themselves with tough career choices just as men have been doing for long.

And, yet, there is no dearth of parents in our society who consider their 20-year-old children naive and clueless about today’s rapidly changing world, and do not allow them to make their own career choices.

They always feel comfortable with certain conventional career options and set certain conditions before allowing their children to opt for a particular field.

However, they forget that by not letting their child explore new horizons, they are destroying uniqueness and creativity in their own children with their own hands.

There is nothing wrong if someone wants to become an artist. It is an equally challenging and respectable profession as any other, and the decision of the individual should be respected and taken seriously. Parents need to understand that ‘interest’ is really something worth considering.

The solution to this issue is communication. Instead of compromising on their aspirations, children need to convince their parents with facts and figures about how important it is to make the right career decision.

Our media is already doing a good job by at least breaking gender-based stereotypes. Still, we have a long way to go and more work needs to be done to make parents aware of the need to do their parenting right on the basis of proper understanding of their children and their choices.

Syeda Fiza Mubbasher
Rawalakot

Published in Dawn, May 21st, 2022

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