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Score some independence right this second

Now that’s summer’s, a li’l more freedom would be sweet, right? Proving to your parents that you’re ready for more responsibility can be challenging, but we have some great tips on how to earn some major maturity points.


Flaunt your maturity

Your parents may treat you like you’re still stuck in diapers, so the trick is demonstrating adult skills that will really wow them. Some simple ways to get started would be to do your chores without being asked, go to bed on time (and without sneaking another episode of Glee and finish your homework as soon as you get home (they’ll be shocked!). If you show that you’re capable of taking care of yourself without constant help from your rents, they’ll see that you really are capable of acting like a grownup.


It’s all about trust

Giving your ‘rents a single reason not to trust you will heave your independence out the window. Always be upfront about everything—even if it means ‘fessing up to a bad grade or a stupid thing you did that got ya in trouble. Follow the house rules your parents set to the letter. And if you know you’re gonna, say, break your curfew? Call and give them a heads-up. Yeah, they might be angry, but at least they won’t be worried about where you are. Appearing dishonest or untrustworthy will only limit the freedom your parents dish out. If you build a healthy relationship with them now, that trust will carry on into your high school years and beyond!


Upgrade your responsibilities

Take on some new responsibilities to really prove yourself. Try getting a low-key job like babysitting or dog walking, or volunteer at a local shelter. You could also get more involved at school (try planning a fundraiser for a good cause) to really show your parents that you have what it takes to be in charge of something. They’ll be impressed by your motivation, organization and proactive behavior.


Don’t crack under pressure

Totally sick ‘n’ tired of your parents annoying comments? Hide the annoyance babe, ‘cause it’ll get ya nowhere fast. Eye rolling, sighing and the occasional whiney “whatever” will sink your mission faster than anything else, so toss the complaints out the window and adopt a more professional, adult attitude to gain the independence you totally deserve.

BY KAITLYN BAKER ON 7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM


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