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‘This is us’ represents family tying us up

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Written by: Lin Hanzhao
Photo by:Internet
Edited by:James Campion, WANG Mengyu |  Date:2018/08/2426 Hits

Recently, an American TV series named “This is us” has gone viral, marking the highest audience rating in 2016. On the famous rating website Douban, people rated this series at 9.5 which is a very high evaluation. Although it is a common soap opera without the support of huge IP, powerful cast and dazzling special effects, it is deeply loved by people because it is real: it reflects normal people’s lives, which successfully strikes a chord with people. 

 

 

Since there are three teenagers in this family, in the hero’s words “They have got numbers”, it is sometimes hard to balance the attention paid to each child when you can only focus on solving one problem at a time. There is a scene in an episode where Kevin, the second child, said “You always watch them, but you never watch me” accusing his parents of not paying attention to him who are busy dealing with problems about the first and third child. And he is so angry that he runs away after saying these, then the hero, daddy, catches up with the little boy and responds by saying softly “I’m sorry. I should have been watching you. I’m trying. I know I am an adult but this is my first time, okay? This is my first time too. I got three of you and I’m trying hard. I’m sorry and I’m gonna be there, okay? Can I have a hug and get a “I love you”. He doesn't put himself at a rank that is superior to his child or simply issues orders to children. He treats them honestly and genuinely as friends who are okay with saying sorry to each other. This small talk moved me a lot and is thought-provoking.

 

 

As far as I’m concerned, although the titles of Mum and Dad come to existence the minute the child is born into the world, parenting demands plenty of communication skills, problem-solving techniques, a huge amount of patience and all sorts of characteristics that contribute to becoming good, qualified parents. These skills of being a parent are not endowed with parents naturally and they need to be practiced and improved over and over again in the course of time. The best situation is that parents grow as their children grow, which can be quite meaningful and beneficial if both parties are willing to do their bids in pursuit of balanced harmonious relationship between family members. It reminds me of lines in a moving and warm Youtube video I have watched which focuses on people who usually neglect the role of paying genuine compliments to each other. A mother said these to her girl, “I’m so blessed to have you in my life. And the whole time you were growing up, you made it so easy to be a mom.” When I heard these words, I felt a rush of warmth and surprise for I have never thought of paying a compliment like this. Afterwards, I figure out that this is actually the highest compliment I can get in terms of the parent-and-child relationship.

 

 

I understand that it is hard to be parents, but your child will sense your enthusiasm and will at trying hard to be a good mum or dad. Therefore, don’t take being a parent for granted and try hard to be a 12 point parent from one through ten. It would definitely be an amazing, extraordinary and meaningful journey if you make your efforts to grow with your little angels.