After everything we do for them

After all the sacrifices we make for our children, after everything we do to nurture them, love them, encourage them, and after we teach them to be self-sufficient, think for themselves, encourage them to speak truth to power (yes, even our power), what does it take for parents to abandon their children?

Two of three homeless immigrant youth are in this situation because of conflict over their parents’ cultural expectations for appropriate behaviour. One in three because their parents disapprove of their sexual (LGBTQ) identity. These are the findings of a new joint study by the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

After everything they do for their children, it’s hard to comprehend that parents let disagreements, even vigorous ones, about cultural values, role expectations of girls, and sexual identity lead them to reject their children, to discard them, to fling them into the not-very-nice world outside.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Body by Basch

Living & Loving My Life


Many physicists today postulate the existence of multiple universes, even when sober. We used to live in a world of infinite possibilities. Now we live in an infinite number of worlds. India shines. Democracy thrives. The economy booms. A hundred flyovers bloom. This is not that India. If you see your picture here one day, don’t worry. That’s not you.

Building an Everyday Life

finding supports for an adult disabled daughter

The Golden Antlers

The 5Cs' only source of news. Ever.

bits & pieces

life as I see it

Bathurst Muses

Writing Groups Demystified

%d bloggers like this: