One of the biggest obstacles of being a Goth, especially at young age, is...parents. There are normally 3 situations:
►Parents who totally do not accept their children to be into any kind of altenative style. The reasons are multiple:
-They are scared that you might follow all those ugly and untrue stereotypes like "all goths smoke and do drugs" or "goths are all suicidal", because as i said in my previous post Goths and Age, most of goths start their exploration of the culture during their teenage years, and everyone knows teenagers are usually more keen on making the mistake of following stereotypes.
-They think you might end up alone and rejected by all the people around you. They are afraid you could get bullied for your weird looks.
-They are those close minded religious bigot people thinking goth is evil. Usually these ones are more afraid of how having a goth child could affect people's opinion on them than anything else (like "omg, what will they say at the church? How will we be looked at from now on? Everyone will think we are all evil and bad!)
-They just don't get it.
►Parents who are totally ok with you being a Goth because all that matters is that you are happy. In this situation parents might even end becoming goths themselves! They might start liking the music and even the clothing! They would totally support you and even keep encouraging you being so.
►Third category is: Parents who don't care at all. Sometimes these are even worser than those completely non accepting. Parents who never get interested in what you do, not even from a distance, are not good parents in my opinion. They have been young once and they know about the dangers and how easy is to make mistakes at young age and they should look over you on whatever you do,not only on the embracing an alternative culture matter.
So how to face these situations?
The only thing you can do is talk and try to find a compromise. Try to understand the reason why your parents are not accepting your goth side, explain them your reasons and show them best side of this culture, involve them in what you do!
World Goth Day - Tuesday, May 22 is World Goth Day. May yours be fabulous!
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