Monday Mar 27, 2023

Marie Stella: Challenges in Maintaining Relationships with Family | All Together #18

Maintaining relationships with family can be challenging, especially when dealing with traditional family dynamics. Meanwhile, family relationships are one of the most important aspects of our lives by providing us with a sense of belonging, love, and support.

In this episode of All Together, host Dina Sargeant is joined by Marie Stella, a student who was born and raised in Singapore for 20 years. Coming from a rather traditionalist household, she often found excuses to avoid social interaction with her family, whether it be skipping family events or locking herself in her room. However, after living alone for four years, she began to appreciate family time more. Quoting from a Roman Poet, Sextus, “absence does make the heart grow fonder”.

They started this episode with an icebreaker activity, where Marie shared her favorite movie, Coraline, and how she relates to the main character's desire for a different life. She described her parents differently: her dad was the strict one, while her mom was more nurturing and caring. Marie also shared challenges she faced while trying to express their opinions to their traditional Asian parents, and how their relationships with their parents are a lot better now than it was when they were younger. Here, Marie emphasized how distance from her parents has helped her maintain a positive relationship with them.

Produced by the Family Science Labs, a division of LMSL, the Life Management Science Labs.

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