My Dad Doesn’t Support My Art

Oct 1, 2017 | ASK THG

JAKE ASKS,Art supplies, paint and brushes

My problem is with my dad. He doesn’t support my art dream. I want to become an artist, but he wants the complete opposite. I have an opportunity to take this advanced art class and he said no because it’s not practical. He said it won’t help me prepare for life in the business world. I don’t want a life in the business world. I want to be an artist, but how do I get him to see that? This class is an amazing opportunity and my art teacher says I have what it takes. She is pushing me to do this class and I more than anything want to. Can you help me?

            – Jake

Hey Jake,

We’re sorry to hear your dad doesn’t support your dream. It hurts when parents can’t or won’t see what you see for yourself.

This answer comes with good news and bad news. Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.

The bad news:

The truth is he may never support this dream.

Right now, your dad makes the rules. He decides if you can take this class. If he says no, you should respect that. We agree, it stinks, but your dad has his own vision of your life. He loves you and he’s doing what he thinks is best.

Can we get to the good news now?

The good news about your art:

You can be an artist! You can be an artist!

This is your dream!
You do not need your dad’s approval to be an artist.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world”. Harriet Tubman

Your dad could change his mind.

Try talking to him again. Ask him to explain his side and listen, really listen, while he talks. Set the example. Give him the understanding that you want back.

When he’s done, tell him he’s right. Yep, you heard us. Tell him he’s right. Then say BUT I need to try art right now. I need to explore my dream while I’m young. I don’t want to regret not trying. Hopefully, he can respect that.

Don’t forget to mention some dad approved benefits. Remind him that while you’re “exploring” art, you will be learning patience, focus, and how to handle criticism. These great qualities are useful anywhere in life.

Even if it isn’t this class, you can find other ways to learn. If you want this badly enough, go get it!

hope, ink, and lots of love,
gabriella & veronica
The Hope Girls

Being passionate about something is so important! What is your dream? What do you love to do?

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