Your Passions, And What to Say When Parents Ask "Why Are You Doing That?"
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Sisters Taranjit and Bhavneet have lots of interests outside of their work in science, including their podcast, Drive with Us. But their Indian parents seem to always ask "Why are you doing this?" in ways that discourage and alienate them. Today, we're looking at what happens when more traditional ideas about work and purpose clash with a desire to venture out and try new things. A marriage and family therapist who specializes in transitions shares ways to connect.

Check out the Drive with Us podcast here. Our expert this week is Sonica Thakur, a marriage and family therapist based in San Francisco. You can visit her website here. If you loved this episode, be sure to check out She Loves Her Work, Her Parents Don't Get It and At Home, Being An Adult Is Testing Parental Limits.


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