Hi Panashe – I think I had good parents. They definitely supported me in pretty much everything (vaguely sensible) that I wanted to do. So yes they encouraged me in maths adn physics because they could see I liked that. But they also supported me making stuff and using my practical skills. They then supported me to get a place at Uni and in my career. And I dont mean fixed anything, they just encouraged me to do what I felt was right for me. This meant I was self motivated and I think that’s the best way. Both my parents were teachers actually so its not like I was following them or anything.
Yeah, I don’t think my mother ever understood why I was doing what I did, but at the end of the day it’s your life and you have to do what’s best for you – not what will make your parents happy for all of five minutes.
I was very lucky, my parents were very supportive. Neither went to uni and both dislike their jobs so were determined to encourage me and my sister to do well at school to give us more options and pick a career that we really wanted to do, whatever that was.