Masla Auntie 2.0, Ep 6 – Over-protection

Nov 14, 2013 by     Comments Off on Masla Auntie 2.0, Ep 6 – Over-protection    Posted under: Masla Auntie, Matters of Heart

Dear Masla Auntie

I am a 23-year-old, independent woman who is quite literally married to her career. I recently started a small business and love doing what I do – helping others in need. Since I am an only child, my parents have had quite a difficult time in accepting the fact that I am now an adult and can make my own decisions.

My father, particularly, is finding my “new found independence” – as he calls it – very hard to accept. He feels that I must stop “wasting my time” and start using my talents in the family business. But I’m not interested in it!

How do I convince him to respect my choices in life?

Over-protection Overrated

Dear Over-protection Overrated,

You seem to me to be a very strong, independent woman who knows what she wants. If you, under the suffocating circumstances you claim to have lived in, were able to start a small business against such odds – then I don’t think you should have any problem in making your father see that you are no more a child.

Fathers are more often than not very attached to their daughters; their protective instincts come to the fore especially when they have only one child – and it’s a girl. It is hard for most parents to accept it when their children grow to adulthood – but for parents with one one child, even more so.

Your father is simply having difficulty adjusting to the fact that you have now grown up.

I suggest that you sit down and talk it out with him; explain to him that you are now fully able to make your own decisions – without completely becoming independent of his protection. He needs you more than you need him; do not make him feel unwanted. He loves you. Show him that he can trust your judgment as he has brought you up – and done a marvelous job at it.

I’m sure you will be able to come to a settlement between you both.

All the best,


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Masla Auntie is known for her simplistic approach to complicated problems of life. For Masla Auntie understands the requirements of the present youth, and wish to guide them through the dilemmas they may be hesitant to share otherwise.

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