It’s always tough to get your ‘rents to see your point of
view, especially when you’re asking for something radical or expensive. Before
you start reverting to temper tantrums, try using logic to show your parents
how important certain things are to your life and activities. Here are no-fail
reasons that are sure to convince your parents to get you what a girl needs.
Help ‘Em See the
You’ve had glasses for years, but now you’re just dyin’ to
get contacts. Luckily for you, contacts rule for several reasons. First,
they’re more convenient because once you put them in in the morning, you don’t
have to worry about misplacing them. They’re also safer for driving and sports
because they give you better peripheral vision. Plus, they don’t need constant
cleaning, and they won’t get blurry if it’s rainy, snowy or misty. ‘Rents still
aren’t convinced? See if they’ll let you try out some disposable contacts for a
few days. If you can prove that you’re responsible enough to handle ‘em, Mom
and Dad just might change their minds.
Seems like all your buds have Facebook pages, and you feel
like you’re missin’ out on the fun. To persuade your parents to let you get
one, lay out the facts for them. First, having a Facebook page would help you
stay connected to your friends. That means when you have homework questions,
you can ask a bunch of your pals at the same time, instead of hogging the phone
and calling several houses ‘til you find a study buddy who’s home. Also, you
can keep in touch with your BFFs if they move away or change schools. Mom and
Dad still worryin’ that the Internet isn’t safe? Show them the privacy settings
that Facebook has. Maybe you can make a deal about how much info you’ll share
on your page and who you’ll accept as your friends to reassure your ‘rents.
All Dolled Up
You would love to start wearing makeup, but Mom is totally
against it. Ask her if you can start slow, with just some concealer and
mascara. Explain to her that you’re self-conscious about your zits, and this’ll
help you hold your head high when you step out of the house. You might have to
pay for the products yourself, but as long as you’ve gotten the OK, it’s better
than nothing, right?
Not Your Average Walkie-Talkie
It’s summer, and it is just so hard to keep up with your
buds! Between the pool and vacation, you’re never at home, so there’s only one
solution: a cell phone. To convince your parents that you need to be connected,
throw ‘em a safety line. Tell them that if you have a cell, they can check up
on you anytime and anywhere. Mention that they also won’t have to worry about
you tying up the home phone line in the evenings when you’re desperately trying
to keep in touch with your BFFs.
Parties are going later, you and friends like to stay up
chatting and you’re just not a little kid anymore. So you’ve decided that it’s
time for a later curfew. Ask your ‘rents if they would be willing to push back
bedtime, as long as you promise to keep them in the know about where you are at
all times. And if they’re not up for coming to get you at friends’ houses so
late, see if they would mind if your friends’ parents drive you home. As long
as you’re getting enough sleep and not getting into trouble, what’s there to
worry about, right?
So chickies, what are
some tactics you’ve used when you and your ‘rents don’t see eye-to-eye?
BY CARRIE RUPPERT ON 7/24/2012 1:33:00 PM
POSTED IN how to be Miss Independent, my parents are way-strict, how to talk to parents