It's natural for parents to want their kids to have a better life than them. But the tactics parents use to push for that better life aren't always healthy.
While some focus on pouring love into their kids so they have a healthy foundation to go thrive in the world, others project their anxieties and their own self-hatred onto their kid, thus creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.
As a bystander, it can be painful to watch, and even when you know it's not your place to step in to parent, sometimes it's impossible to stop yourself from intervening.
AITA for telling my niece about her mom’s past?
My (38F) sister, Lauren (42F), had a pretty wild youth. I did too, so no judgment on my part. When Lauren was 18, she got pregnant and chose to get an abortion. This was her wake-up call. She went to college, later got a great job, and found her husband. They had a daughter, Roxy, who’s now 17. Roxy is a very studious and responsible young woman, but there is no doubt how hard her parents are on her.