I can personally see how this goes both ways. When it comes to dating, my mother gives out the absolute worst advice. Instead of hearing me out on an issue, she ends up playing devils advocate and and then somehow makes the problem my fault. In general, she misunderstands everything I say and gives out her advice according to her interpretation. By the end of a conversation, I don't even know who I am anymore and she wants to call her therapist, FOR ME! Conversely, she gives great advice on how I should deal with people in day-to-day life. I tend to be somewhat intolerant of stupidity(read: completely intolerant) and she always has a great way to calm me down and show me a healthier perspective on an issue. Focus: My parents desperately want me to date a Jewish girl. Being from south Florida, a decent Jewish girl is about a common as literacy down there. Does. Not. Exist. I don't have time for JAPS and entitlement complexes. I'm not saying there aren't ANY. But I have yet to meet one. My mom will say something like, "You can marry whoever you want...BUT IT WOULD BE NICE, if she was Jewish." This really means, "You can marry whoever you want, but I will never truly accept her in our family, unless shes Jewish."