Parental AmbivalenceParents are people who exist in a state of conflict between fulfilling themselves as unique individuals on the one hand, and limiting their lives on the other. Because mothers and fathers have both positive and negative feelings toward themselves, they have both tender, nurturing feelings and covert aggressive feelings toward their children. To be effective, any child-rearing approach must take into account this basic truth about human nature. In recalling painful events in their own childhoods that caused them distress, the parents shown in this film have come to understand the sources of their own ambivalent feelings and, at the same time, reveal angry feelings they have at times toward their children. In the process, they challenged these hostile attitudes and developed a more positive approach to child-rearing.

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