Sometimes parents just don’t want to believe that the sweet
little kid that was there, oh, five years ago, has outgrown her princess
costume and is more into indie bands than make believe. Here’s how to show them
that you’re growing up…minus the temper tantrums that are way more toddler than
Instead of pushing back your homework plans when a last
minute shopping trip arises, tell your buds you’ll catch ‘em next time and
buckle down to study. And be sure to casually mention it to your parents—but
keep your tone totally “no big deal.” On top of that, conquer all your chores
and ‘fess up problems you’re having (and
ask for assistance when you need it).
Then, do this: If
you’re looking for an extended curfew, a revision to M&D’s dating rules or
another favor, now is the time to ask—so do it. Act maturely and present your
argument with examples of that maturity. And if they say no, shrug your
shoulders, accept their decision and wait for a better time.
Change it up
Feeling like you’re too old to go trick-or-treating as usual
this year? Instead of telling your parents that you feel like a baby toting
around a pumpkin-shaped bucket, mention that you were thinking of doing
something different with your friends to celebrate this year. Think: Horror
movie marathon the weekend before, or a get-together the night of with the
usual trick-or-treat crew. Hey, you’ll totally hand out candy!
Consider this: It’s
easy to refuse to do anything, but that’s annoying and bratty. Coming up with
your own ideas to replace the things you did as a kid will make your parents
see that you are evolving.
See things their way
No, we don’t mean their side of the “no, you can’t stay out
after ten” argument (though it might be helpful anyway). We’re talking about
taking an interest in more adult things and broadening your horizons. Take a
peep at the newspaper as you chug your morning O.J., talk critically about your
classes over dinner and ask them for real-world advice, like if they think you
might be able to start your own dog walking business.
Why? Because when
you start interacting with your parents on an adult level, they begin to
respect you more as a peer than as a kid who needs to be sheltered and watched
over. Besides, your ‘rents are way cooler than you think. Promise.
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 10/2/2013 6:08:00 PM
POSTED IN puberty, problems with my parents, my parents are way-strict, how to talk to parents