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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 The stories Outside Edges Write Me Sometime and A Devoted Son demonstrate 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 On the other hand Write Me Sometime is a story of a restrained relationship between a father and a daughter who 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 change in his attitude towards the end of his life caused by misunderstandings between them due to the generation gap The parenting styles used in these three stories differ from one another however they all need the same important characteristics of a parent-child relationship These three stories differ in the level of attention respect and communication that each parent or child is willing to give to one another Thus resulting in a relationship that will always be strained such as Write Me Sometime and A Devoted Son or an enduring strong relationship in the case of Outside Edges 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 to show him that he will do all he can to make David happy However Davids
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