South Africans took to social media to express what they wished they could tell their black parents. The stories were hilarious and brought Mzansi together as many people could relate to the amusing and awkward struggles of being raised by South African parents, regardless of ethnicity.
Some users used the platform to vent their frustrations about the annoying little things parents while others opted to praise black parents for the love and sacrifices that is building a nation of remarkable young adults.
Many users expressed their frustration with ‘Black tax’ and wrote that just because they graduated from university doesn’t mean they have money, Briefly.co.za found.
Mlungisi Ntshingila said black parents must remember to pay back the money they lend from their kids, but seeing as though some social media users are still waiting for their grade 4 pocket money, that doesn’t seem likely to change.
Nevertheless, many felt that this is one issue that we can let slide (to some extent) seeing as all the money they’ve earned as gone towards making them the successes they are today.
Other South Africans wanted their parents to know that their kids have feelings too, and suggested that parents learn to apologise when they’re in the wrong. Moreover, many pointed out that when a black child tries to tell their side of the story, parents need to listen.
Another user added that depression is a real thing and black communities need to acknowledge this and support their children through mental health issues.
Mfundo said that parents having favourite children must end because the others can tell they’re not loved equally. Others felt that they were unfairly compared to their older siblings.
Things took a dramatic turn when one user said that her parents must stop asking her about her baby-daddy because they’re no longer together, while other women wanted to point out that it is possible to have male friends.
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