Mom. Dad. We need to chat. But since you probably A. won’t believe us
and B. think it’s incredibly funny that we think you’re the most embarrassing
thing ever, let’s just cut to the chase and deal. Here’s how to hang out with
your parents in public and get over the fact that they just did [insert latest
most OMG-worthy act here].
Give yourself 10 seconds to
freak out internally
And seriously, count it down and limit the time, because if you let it
be open-ended, you’d pretty much freak out 24/7. The key to staying calm when
Mom busts a move in the middle of the food court is to breathe deeply when she
turns on the crazy. Even if you’re feeling more like throwing your soft drink
at her than joining in, forcing air in and out of your body has a way of
soothing your brain. Yes, it’s still ridiculously awkward. But is in the end of
the world? No, probably not.
Pick your battles
If we could win every single argument we ever have, that would be
pretty awesome. But truth time: The chances of that happening are about the
same as your brother not punching your arm super hard the next time he sees a
Beetle on your way to school. Instead of putting on your boxing gloves (and
adding football pads to your Christmas list), think about the annoying things
you can live with, and the ones that really make you upset. Can you stand the
way Mom always hugs you when she drops you off, but find it really, really gets to you when she “accidentally”
blabs your secrets in front of your sibs? Then it’s time to speak up. Talk to
her one-on-one, and instead of getting huffy, be serious about how her actions
make you feel.
OK, there’s fine print here, and it includes things like picking your
time and place. Yukking it up over naked baby pics of you and your cousins
after your winter choral concert? Yeah, not so much. Wearing matching sweaters
when you go get your family portrait taken? Ugh, fine, but you’re so driving to the mall that’s 40 minutes away,
just in case. Who knows? When you’re not worried about who might see you, you
might just have a teensy bit of fun. Yes, really.
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 12/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN problems with my parents, how to talk to parents