Snarking toward Enlightenment (chaosphaere) wrote in little_details,
Snarking toward Enlightenment

Parental relationships

Does anyone have any suggestions for how I could explore parental relationships?? I have never had children and I was raised in a nuclear family as an only child, so I haven't had much chance to observe parents and their children (aside from my relationship with my own mom).

What are some big moments in a parent's life, in their child's growing up? I just wrote something where the character (who is the father) talks to the young daughter about death, when a pet is dying. What are some other ideas?

Some additional notes:
* The father and daughter are very close. This is noteworthy because the culture on the whole (except for the specific little enclave the father and daughter live in) tends to practice sex segregation.
* Father and daughter are somewhat estranged later, so that she'll not even be aware that he's dying, and won't know until after he has died. This is a spacefaring culture spread out over long distances, so news tends to travel slow.

What could cause these two to become distant?
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