Here at FMA I have spent time reflecting on my relationship with my parents, and I have realized how unfair I have been to them. I often disregarded their expectations for me, remaining dead-set on getting what I wanted, and it created a lot of conflict and tension between us.

My parents did not deserve the lack of respect I showed them, particularly as all they wanted for me was to be successful in life. But now, I intend to change the tension and conflict by changing the way I treat them.

Over Christmas break, while I am at home, I will show my love for my parents and my gratitude for their caring protective nature. I will spend time cooking with my Mom, discussing history with my Dad, and exchanging thoughtful gifts with my family.

Picturing us this way, I see arguing replaced by peace.

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