In my time I've come across a lot of folks who've been pressured by their parents to do this, and do that, and to commit to things against their will. Marriage springs to mind, as does career choices and having children. Athletics is a common one as well. I, myself, have never been subject to this. My folks have supported me in all my wacky endeavors, up to and including the distressingly unprofitable path of the professional chef. Never once have I been told to settle down (and by extension have a massive blowout wedding), or have kids, or to play football, or to focus all my energies on education, or to get a job that pays better. After hearing hundreds of horror stories from all manner of people, about all the things they've been coerced into doing, or fought with their parents about, I want more. I want to understand what drives this kind of thing, and how different people react to the different situations. Am I lucky? Am I not? In between? FOCUS: Parental pressure and coercion. Stories, theories, reasons.