“Do it because I am your mother, and I said so!” I sternly told my 5-year-old, after some infraction that seemed uber-important at that moment.
Until the next moment when I actually heard these words come out of my mouth—and I cringed. When I looked over at my husband, Seung Yong, his face was just as scrunched up and confused as mine.
We catch ourselves doing this a lot as parents of young children: mimicking a command we both heard throughout our own childhoods, and then realizing it doesn’t really fit in with the rest of our parenting model. For Seung Yong, the son of Korean immigrants, this idea of obeying your parents, without question, was a given. Such respect for elders is one of the core values his parents imparted to him. This was also the case with my first-generation European American parents. Add to that concept… [Read More at KoreAm.com]