You know how it goes: You’re having an awesome afternoon, totally
rocking your English essay to the merry tune of “this gal is totally getting an
A+ on this paper”…until your mom pops her head in. Before she even opens her
mouth, you know by the look on her face what sort of sentence is gonna rear its
ugly head. And you’re cringing already. Here’s how to make this time the last
“Honey, why didn’t you blow your
hair out this morning? It makes you look so much prettier.”
You know you look pretty when you make more of an effort, but you don’t
think you look any less lovely going sans makeup or curled hair or high-heeled
shoes—and it sure does hurt when anyone infers otherwise.
Say this: “I know you don’t
mean to hurt my feelings, but when you phrase it like that, it doesn’t sound
like a compliment to me. Instead, it feels like you’re criticizing the way I
look, and that makes me feel bad about myself.”
“A B-? Your brother aced that
class a few years ago! You should be doing better.”
The kicker is you worked your bum off all year, and since this teacher
is super hard, you’re super proud of your grade. Who cares if it’s not the
perfect score your sibling received way back when? Not this girl! You earned
every single point you got.
Say this: “It’s great that
Sam did so well in that class, but I did great, too. I’m really proud of the
grade I received, and it would make me so happy if you could be proud of it,
“Oh, Aaron, I didn’t know you
were coming over! Behave yourselves, you two.”
The thing is, Aaron is your best guy friend, and has been since you
were in 1st grade. He’s practically your brother, but for some
reason, your Mom likes to pretend you have this romantic thing going on. And it
is So. Embarrassing.
Say this: “I know you think
it would be cute if Aaron and I started dating, and maybe we will, someday, but
right now, he’s like a brother to me. It really embarrasses me when you imply
that something else is going on—could you please not do that?”
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 3/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN problems with my parents, 411 on family feuds, my parents are way-strict, how to talk to parents