ok this picture really bothers me
not every parent is a stereotyping, judgmental, prick
please stop endorsing the idea that they are
yes, some parents are shitty, but some are wonderful and caring and supportive and you need to recognize that
That’s true, but this is a pretty common paradigm for parents to fall into. Mine did, and despite 7 years of telling them something was wrong, I got the second column back as answers. After I got an official diagnosis, I got the second column CONSTANTLY from them. It wasn’t until I ended up in the emergency room after a SEVERE panic attack (after I had already moved out for college and sought the psychiatric help that I’d needed for YEARS, despite their protests) that they even began to take me seriously. Way too little, way too late. I will NEVER trust then with mental health again.
So pictures like this are important. They let kids (and adults) know that just because their parents refuse to validate them, does not mean their problems are invalid. Meanwhile, it reminds the future generation of parents—read: a lot of the young people on tumblr—to be mindful of their kids and actually LISTEN when they come to them with problems.
I get that this can be frustrating, especially if you’re a supportive parent and/or had supportive parents. But a picture like this, simple as it seems, can mean the world for those of us whose parents refused to listen.
I have zero sympathy for people upset about this. Good for you your parents didn’t suck who fucking cares