Talking Points: What are the best and worst things about your parents?

Talking Points: What are the best and worst things about your parents?

Hate it when you can't talk back? Well, you can with Young Post. Have your say and share with students around Hong Kong.

Kelly Sum, 14, St Catherine's School for Girls

Although my father can be as bossy as any stereotypical traditional Chinese dad, he gives me a lot of freedom and respect. He doesn't jump to prejudicial conclusions when I express my ideas.

The only time our family isn't harmonious is when we watch TV. We always have different opinions on which programme to watch. My father likes football, my mother wants her daily drama fix, and I love K-pop. I don't like it when they take away the remote control while I'm concentrating on my shows. The best way is to take turns.

Hilarie Fung, 13, Sacred Heart Canossian College

The best thing about my parents is that they aren't too strict about academic results. They know which subjects I'm good at and bad at, so expect me to get high marks in some subjects, and accept that I will barely pass others. It puts less pressure on me, which helps me a lot psychologically.

The worst things are probably their nosiness in my affairs and complaints about my time management. It's good for parents to know what's going on in our lives, but sometimes they cross the line. As for time management, my parents are too concerned about how much time I spend studying. Whenever I close my door to study, they assume I'm playing, even if I explain what I'm doing.

I realise, though, that our parents just want the best for us, so we should always respect them.

Joey Leung, 15, Po Leung Kuk Lee Shing Pik College

My parents give me freedom and treat me as a treasure. They will buy anything I want and let me hang out with friends, even overnight. That's the upside. The downside is that they're seldom at home. They are busy and take only a little time to take care of me. Therefore, sometimes I feel lonely and jealous of others.

Jason Hung Tsun-sing, 16, Lai King Catholic Secondary School

Most of the time, I love my parents because they have sacrificed a lot to raise me and make me who I am. Who could not love their mums and dads? No matter what we have done to defy them, they never give up on us.

However, they don't understand the pain and stress of studying, and that is the only thing that upsets me about them.

Sharmila Pun, 17, St Margaret's Girls College

The best thing about my parents is that they accept me for who I am. They offer many suggestions on how to become someone who is loved by everyone, and they encourage me when I fall.

The worst thing about my parents - and every parent I know seems to do this - is that when I make a mistake, they not only scold me but also bring up my whole history of mistakes. I don't need to hear that; no child does. They should stick to the mistake I made this time.

Tell us what you think is the best and worst parts about being a teenager in the comment box below. 

In our next Talking Points, we'll discuss: What's one thing you wish the opposite sex understood?

We are now accepting answers from readers for this new topic. To take part, e-mail your answer with your name, age and school name, plus a high-res photo of yourself, to by Monday lunchtime next week.


This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
What are the best and worst things about your parents?


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