Did you dream of your parents? This dream may be interpreted via the emotions that are elicited in you when your parents are mentioned.
It could also be representative of what role parents play in the culture – responsibility, life, affection, family, love. It is all very varied so you should pay attention to what happened in your dream so you can interpret it properly.
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- What Do Parents Represent in a Dream?
- Common Situations in Which You Dream of Parents
What Do Parents Represent in a Dream?
Parents can represent a lot of things in a dream. Often you can interpret better when you can remember the specifics of what happened. Here are some possible symbolisms.
Parents play a very big role in our lives, particularly because our childhood spells a lot of our dispositions and tendencies later on in life, and our parents had a very big hand in our childhoods.
One part of their significance lies in the authority figures that they held for us when we were young. As children, we were expected to obey whatever they said because they had the power, and if we didn’t comply, we would be punished one way or the other.
If we pleased them, we would be rewarded. Dreaming of our parents has a lot to do with this dynamic of authority.
You may be feeling some sort of energy towards the authority figures present in your life right now, and that is why you are dreaming of your parents.
Symbolic of responsibility
In a lot of ways, your parents were also responsible for you in your earlier years. Even though this may consist of a small part of the life you have already lived, these are probably the most significant years.
Dreaming of your parents may symbolize the responsibility that you are faced with in your life right now, and the journey you are going through in order to handle everything well.
Symbolic of home
Parents are usually the stronghold of the home, the ones holding the fort. You may be missing home for one reason or another, and you may be craving for this lately in your waking life. This is one possible reason for you dreaming of your parents.
Symbolic of control
Parents are also usually the ones who have control over a lot of important situations in your life. A dream of parents could mean that there are issues with control in your waking life.
You are probably facing someone who is trying to control you or the situation too much to the point that you are feeling suffocated.
This may be a romantic partner, a close friend, a family member, a boss, or some other colleague. This dream may also be symbolic of the control you wish to exercise more freely in your waking life and are probably feeling challenged to do so. You may be feeling either out of control, or full of control – and you are relishing it.
Symbolic of family
Parents are rightfully the pillars of the family. There may be a lot of family issues going on in your life right now, and that is one reason for a dream of parents.
Symbolic of childhood
Parents are understandably a big part of anyone’s childhood. They were the ones who brought you into this world, reared you, and protected you.
There may be experiences in your life right now that are making you reminiscent of these same feelings. You may be remembering your childhood or are being reminded of it in some way.
You may be remembering how it used to be when you were young, in your old home, with siblings, pets, and other family members.
Symbolic of discipline
Your first taste of how it was to be disciplined probably came from your parents as well. It was their responsibility to make you into a balanced and morally upright person, and this is why they had to do this.
You may be in the midst of some sort of regression – going back to memories of how it used to be when you were young, and needing someone to tell you what was right or wrong or else you would be lost.
Symbolic of direction
Your parents also probably dictated to you what to do in certain key milestones in your life. There were probably a lot of important decisions to be made as you were growing older, and their voice played a big role in what you eventually had to choose.
In your waking life as an adult, you may be experiencing a similar sort of crossroads with the situation you are in right now.
You may be craving for someone to tell you what to choose or where to go. This is one possibility for your dream of parents.
Common Situations in Which You Dream of Parents
Dream of being held by your parents as a baby
If in your dream, you see yourself as an infant being held by your parents, then there may be major emotional milestones happening in your life right now.
This dream can be symbolic of a reincarnation. You may be leaving a job that you have been committed to for years, a romantic partner that has also been a large part of your life, or any relationship that has been a part of you for so long.
You may be experiencing some sort of metaphorical death and are in the process of being reborn into your new life.
Dream of being scolded by yours or someone else’s parents
If in your dream, you are being reprimanded by parental figures – whether it’s your own or someone else’s, then you may be in the midst of something that is really pressuring you in your waking life.
You may be fearing rebuke from an authority figure such as your boss, criticism from your peers, or some sort of rejection from someone important to you.
All this feels like how you were told off by your parents when you did something bad or when you behaved ill towards other people or their own wishes.
Dream of chatting with your parents
This dream could be symbolic of how much you miss your parents. It could also be that you want to get some wisdom from them, on something they were particularly good at.
It may be a reminder for you to go ahead and make the call and chat with them – they will be glad that you checked in and wanted to get their expertise on something.
Dream of playing with your parents
This dream may symbolize a craving in you for a certain connection with someone in your life who may be putting up walls or giving you a challenging time in trying to be vulnerable and open to one another.
When we were younger, we often wanted to play with our parents but found it difficult because they didn’t have the time and sometimes even the inclination.
To have them give us the opportunity to play with us was probably the happiest experience of our childhood.
To dream of this means that you may be seeking something special with someone else that seems insurmountable, but will give you utmost happiness when they finally give in.
Dream of being in an argument with your parents
There may be some repressed emotions about authority figures in your life or anyone who may be exercising a certain amount of control over you. It doesn’t necessarily have to be your parents but it can be.
This can be a sibling, a friend, a romantic partner, a colleague, or anyone else you may be dealing with. Try to remember the emotions that were present in you as you were arguing in your dream.
Were you calm? Were you shouting? Were you stressed to the point that you actually felt it was so real? There may be things you need to express to these people in your waking life in order to let these repressed feelings out and be able to deal with them more constructively.
Dream of lying in bed with your parents
This is a common dream and it symbolizes your parents’ protection. When you were young, you probably co-slept with them on their bed and you felt like nothing could harm you.
This may be something that you are craving for in your adult life – either that or you are feeling safe and protected and you are happy about it, and your subconscious is bringing you back to the time when this was your regular disposition.
Dream of being punished by your parents
This is a common situation when you were young. If you dream this, you are probably feeling guilty about something or are scared to be found out about something that you are doing.
You know that if people find out about what you did, that they will be displeased by you. This is one possible interpretation of a dream of being punished by your parents.
Parents are a big part of any child’s life, and dreaming about them can be commonplace. Just be aware of what happens in your dream and the varied emotions that course through you so that you may interpret this dream as accurately as possible.
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