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Thank you so much for visiting the Parents Are Human Blog.

We are on a mission to help people around the world connect deeply with their parents and loved ones. This mission drives everything we do.

This blog contains all of the lessons I've learned and shared from my journey of healing my relationship with my parents.

We created a bilingual connection card game designed to spark deep conversations between you and your loved ones.

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Joseph Lam
CEO, Parents Are Human️

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A series of essays documenting my journey of healing a broken relationship with my parents.

30 Reflections From Healing a Broken Relationship With My Parents
(All 30 Essays)

#1 - I Yelled at My Parents for Over a Decade & Here's Why I Owned Up To It

#2 - The Three Sentences That Changed My Relationship With My Parents Forever

#3 - Who I Became When I Didn't Cry for Ten Years

#4 - The One Goal I Had Rebuilding My Relationship With My Parents

#5 - I Lived With My Parents & Hugged Them Every Day for a Year and a Half

#6 - I Tried to Escape From My Family's Dysfunction; It Didn't Work

#7 - My Mom Pretended to Want a Dog; She Was Actually Heartbroken

#8 - We Have the Power to Bring Community to Our Parents by Having BYOP Parties

#9 - I Did a Bad Job Hearing Out My Parents; That's Why They Repeated Themselves

#10 - Dear Mom: I Will Never Yell at You Again for Giving Me Too Much Food

#11 - I Conditioned My Parents and Now I'm Doing Everything I Can to Undo It

#12 - I Promised Myself That I’d Show Up as the Same Person Everywhere I Go

#13 - Letting Go of the Story That My Parents Are Not Good with Technology

#14 - The Three Key Challenges for Healing My Relationship With My Parents

#15 - Identifying My Emotional Wound and Coping Mechanism From Childhood

#16 - The One Internal Shift I Had to Make to Begin to Understand My Parents

#17 - What I Learned From Hitting Rock Bottom During the Hardest Year of My Life

#18 - What It Means to Take Full Responsibility for My Communication

#19 - Letting Go of My Childhood Stubbornness and Improving My Chinese

#20 - Family Is All My Dad Needs to Be Fulfilled, and It's a Lesson We All Need to Hear

#21 - Note to Self: I Cannot Change My Parents; I Can Only Change Myself

#22 - Try This: Practice Saying a Genuine Thank You to a Triggering Statement

#23 - Advice My Mom Would Give to All Parents: Be Friends With Your Children

#24 - Not All Heroes Wear Capes: A Memory That Exemplifies My Mother's Love

#25 - Not All Heroes Wear Capes: The Act of Service That Embodies My Father's Love

#26 - The Shortcut That Helped Me Deepen My Relationship With My Parents

#27 - The Transformative Power of Asking My Parents Deep, Meaningful Questions

#28 - My Parents Showed Their Love for Me Through Gifts & Now I Am Doing the Same

#29 - It Took Me Two Years of Inner Work to Let Go of My Shame and Forgive Myself

#30 - Building a Future Where My Family and Friends Live in an Intergenerational Village

Dear Mom: I will never yell at you again for giving me too much food

The question about love that changed my life ❀️‍πŸ”₯

How to Start a Parent Project Pod

The Tech Tools I Use to Record and Preserve My Parents’ Stories

On My Birthday, I Interviewed My Parents: What Was It Like To Raise Me?


An archive of our weekly newsletter.

πŸ‘΅πŸ‘΄ Dear Mom & Dad 16: This is what you'll never know

πŸ‘΅πŸ‘΄ Dear Mom & Dad 15: Three ways you can heal

πŸ‘΅πŸ‘΄ Dear Mom & Dad 14: A Mother's Day Love Letter

πŸ‘΅πŸ‘΄ Dear Mom & Dad 13: Behind-the-scenes at Parents Are Human

πŸ‘΅πŸ‘΄ Dear Mom & Dad 12: What I bought my parents to help them improve their posture

πŸ‘΅πŸ‘΄ Dear Mom & Dad 11: Photo dump from Mama Lam's birthday

πŸ‘΅πŸ‘΄ Dear Mom & Dad 10: Calculate how many more times you'll get to see your parents

πŸ‘΅πŸ‘΄ Dear Mom & Dad 9: My mom pretended to want a dog when she was heartbroken

πŸ‘΅πŸ‘΄ Dear Mom & Dad 8: My Mama's Llama

πŸ‘΅πŸ‘΄ Dear Mom & Dad 7: Photos from celebrating my dad's 70th birthday

πŸ‘΅πŸ‘΄ Dear Mom & Dad 6: Hug your parents for no reason, you won't regret it

πŸ‘΅πŸ‘΄ Dear Mom & Dad 5: Personal development programs that are worth it

πŸ‘΅πŸ‘΄ Dear Mom & Dad 4: Language accessibility is SO important

πŸ‘΅πŸ‘΄ Dear Mom & Dad 3: Letting go of the story that my parents are not good with technology

πŸ‘΅πŸ‘΄ Dear Mom & Dad 2: Behind every great athlete is an extraordinary parent

πŸ‘΅πŸ‘΄ Dear Mom & Dad 1: My parents love working out now 🀯


Announcements, updates, launches, and more.

Announcing our newest 🐾 paw-duct: Dogs Are Human

Parents Are Gifts (Handpicked Gift Suggestions)

Rebuilding My Relationship With My Parents Through Weekly Peer Coaching

The Parents Are Human Card Game


Essays and reflections about life, not necessarily about Parents Are Human.

On AAPI Violence

A List of Core Beliefs: This is who I am in 25 bullets

Dear Founder: Our childhood shapes the kind of companies we build

A 3-Part Email Template That Helped Me Leave My Comfort Zone and Start a Company in College

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