When young, a child does not realise the amount of responsibility any adult has in life, in particular his/hers own parent towards him/herself. Especially at a very young age, the parent’s whole lives, (especially that of the mothers) are completely preoccupied with the pure existence and survival of the child. The child, however, probably does not yet have the maturity and experience to comprehend this, and therefore it is not till later that the child will learn to appreciate this, as the responsibility of the parent decreases. However, especially in teenage years, the child can lose consciousness of this and not realise all that his/her parents are sacrificing for their child. When this is the case, the parent can simply not understand where all his/her effort has gone and only has to hope that the young person will later on develop a higher level of maturity in order to be more appreciative.
Often, when a parent does not appreciate its offspring enough, this leads to conflict of unpleasant consequences. If the parent is not mature enough, the child sometimes unfortunately has to take the role of the parent in the relationship, which increases the maturity of the child at a relatively young age, although not necessarily in a positive sense. The parent has to realise the situation that any child is put in, has to think back and remember what it was like to be young, under the pressure of one’s parents. The parent basically has to appreciate the result of the effort put in to the development of the child.
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This is an excellent essay that was wonderful to read and mark. It shows a good understanding of the varying needs of the child and discusses how conflict can arise. If the writer wanted to extend the essay, they could discuss some of the theories that look at how relationships develop and how conflict arises. *****