Because I'm feeling a little pissed off with mine to be honest. I have just completed a major project, very successfully I think, and I asked my mum and dad to take a look at the results and give me honest feedback.
Well after speaking to my dad I felt like they were only looking at it because they felt a duty. They hadn't even explored the most obvious bits (it's a website) and my mum was hassling my dad to get off the internet because she wanted to watch their holiday video.
Am I being unreasonable to expect a bit more interest in a whole year of my blood sweat and tears? I really hoped that such a visible aspect of my work would be of more interest to them tbh.
Well, this is a weird one for me. Mine don't give a fuck. But bizarrely I'm not sure I want them to. It's difficult to explain. Like, I hate talking about work with anyone - but it's even harder with them cos they don't really get it. I heart my mum but she didn't have the best education and can be a bit daily express about shit, which really fucking pisses me off. My dad's absolutely nobody's fool and can think stuff through awesomely. However, he's a bit kind of engineer mindset - so I'm not sure he would get it either. God knows.
No my Mum isn't interested, but aren't we all still feckless teenagers in our parent's eyes? My mum wondered why I wanted her at my degree ceremony, had no idea what my A levels subjects are and so on. I expect affirmation from dh now and my friends, but it can be a bit gutting.
It's a bit the same for me really. I keep hoping that one day they'll "get it", but they just don't. I think it's because I deviated from their preferred career path for me.
It's stupid, I'm 31 years old but I want them to be proud of me. Unfortunately though, my parents are the kind of people who measure success through earnings (ironic really, given that they wanted me to pursue music as a career). All they seem to be able to say is, well hopefully you'll get a pay rise now. Erm no, because I'm public sector and itjustdoesn'tworklikethat. Then I'm left feeling inadequate because I don't earn enough.
I'm an only child and have always had all eyes on me and lots of cheers and support no matter what I did.
My parents are totally into what I'm doing/was doing (only a few more weeks before baby arrives). Have to say they both hold university degrees, they have worked in similar environments and are always up to date on latest events, global markets and the odd bit of gossip...
I think had I pursued an artistic career or something like anthropology, etc, they'd be very supportive but I'd see less daily involvement from their side IYSWIM.
Hmm, I don't really tell my parents the, er, ins and outs of my work but sometimes they 'get' some of it and are proud. About 10 years ago I had a piece published in the Independent on Sunday and they carried the cutting around for weeks and showed all their mates, but I think that was because it was about the only bit of my published work that I was really happy to let them read (I mainly write about sex...) Do your parents understand the Interweb at all? Mine would be totally bollixed by it.
My parents appreciate it to an extent and were proud when I got my degree etc, but they have the same issues with promotion/payrises as yours Twinklemegan. My MIL, on the other hand, is awful. Recently she introduced me like this: "This is moules, she is just a teacher...". I was gobsmacked. Think next time I introduce her I'll say she's "just a housewife..."
When I worked for someone else my mum was always concerned about me being tken advantage of, because I was always being called in when others were off sick. Now im self employed she is well impressed, but no actual interest.
My previous jobs have always been in travel so apart from the times when my dad had to wire me money out to ensure that I was eating properly (I was living overseas), and when they wanted cheap holidays, they never really paid much attention.
Now that im at university training to be a mental health nurse, they are more interested. Maybe because nobody in our family has ever got as far going to college, so its a big thing.