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Over the course of our lifespan we form a multitude of relationships with a variety of different individuals However there is one particular relationship that must have the most work put into in order for it to successfully survive and that is the relationship between parents and their children In the stories Outside Edges Write Me Sometime and A Devoted Son demonstrates the attributes needed for a successful relationship Outside Edges is about David a young boy obsessed with maps and marking his path across Canada He grows throughout the story but starts off as only a little child with his father trying his best to make his son happy Whereas Write Me Sometime is a story of a restrained relationship between a father and a daughter whom lacked the ability and effort to maintain a relationship which eventually deteriorated Lastly A Devoted Son is about Varma a traditional father of a doctor son Rakesh The father undergoes a sea change in his attitude towards the end of his life with misunderstandings between them bearing in mind the generation gap The parenting styles used in the stories above differ from one another however they all need the same important characteristics of a parent-child relationship For these three stories the differences in parenting methods are evident when looking at providing attention respect and communication resulting in an enduring relationship in the case of Outside Edges or one that will always be strained such as Write Me Sometime and A Devoted Son One attribute that a parent should have is providing individualized attention to hisher child In Outside Edges Davids father makes every effort he can to give his son his full attention and show him that he will do all he can to make David happy However he does not realize until later that the simplest gifts and
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