HumourDecember 04, 2017

Growing up with development sector parents

Growing up with two parents in the development sector was a unique experience, with challenges and benefits that were unusual, to say the least. Here's a glimpse into what it looked like.
2019-05-14 00:00:00 India Development Review Growing up with development sector parents
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For starters,

This was everyone’s reaction when I said my father was a developmental consultant:
development sector parents

Then of course, there was fundraising.

When your parent works at a nonprofit, you have to raise funds from your school. Here’s what asking for money the first time felt like:

development sector parents
And after a while it began to feel like this:

development sector parents

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Things only got worse as I got older.

When university applications approached, everybody wanted to do something that ‘looked good on their CV’. My only response was:

development sector parents

Things at home were rather different too.

Whenever my brother or I wanted to go out with friends, negotiating permission looked a little like this:

development sector parents


Not to mention, I never got much sympathy from my parents for the mountains of homework I had:

development sector parents

That said, living with parents in the development sector had its benefits.

For one, as a child, my father always knew how to put me to sleep:

development sector parents

And, of course, there were the wild work parties:

development sector parents

All in all, growing up with parents in the development sector was a mixed experience. It had its ups, and it had its downs, and, above all, it had LOTS of awful puns.

Mom: Finally sent in the plan for governmental funding.

Dad: I take it for granted that you are relieved. I propose we go out to dinner to celebrate. I will fund it myself.

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