I’m not sure it matters whether you’re the child, the parent, or the grandparent. It’s not something families stop doing and although it’s not something they will consciously encourage, it’s there and is something that still, continues to be part of the family scenario. I’m talking about taking one person’s opinion over another.
Unless we learn to understand the human condition, we will always take sides and sitting on the fence shouldn’t be an option either. It’s something we learn. It is what parents do, it is what children do, it is what grandparents will do.
In larger families, siblings will often take sides and children will take sides over their parents. Friends also do it, taking sides over friends and so it continues. I believe family dynamics has become responsible for this. To understand how family and friendship dynamics works, is to change the way we see and interact with each other completely.
We mustn’t take sides. We must learn to be objective. It shouldn’t matter the explanation or whose explanation it is. We must go with what’s right and just, even if it means taking a different stance.