Although they arrived in New York penniless, my parents scraped together enough savings to establish the first of several small businesses just after I was born.
My earliest interest in game design came when I was in primary school, and my parents bought a Commodore 128 computer. I taught myself to write programs in BASIC, and then I made my own games.
It’s not the physical location of birth that defines citizenship, but whether your parents are citizens, and the express or implied consent to jurisdiction of the sovereign.
But as for activism, my parents did what they could, given the constraints, but were never involved in the causes I think of when I think of activists.
Women gain social influence through their roles as mothers, transmitters of culture, and parents for the next generation.
If dysfunction means that a family doesn’t work, then every family ambles into some arena in which that happens, where relationships get strained or even break down entirely. We fail each other or disappoint each other. That goes for parents, siblings, kids, marriage partners – the whole enchilada.
All possible means were used by the infatuated parents to conclude the bargain; and deception put an end to these usual artifices.
Children learn to smile from their parents.
Westerners often laud their children as ‘talented’ or ‘gifted’, while Asian parents highlight the importance of hard work. And in fact, research performed by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck has found that the way parents offer approval affects the way children perform, even the way they feel about themselves.
I had a really nice childhood; I had great parents. I earned my allowance by washing dishes, and in the summer I earned my allowance by working in daddy’s garden.