They can be totally unpredictable at times. But hey… what can you do?
Even though parents can be a drag at times, they can be pretty cool too.
But for the times when you don’t think they completely understand you, just know that they are doing their best.
Yes, having annoying parents can suck at times but they don’t know everything. You know how you can screw up at times? Well parents are allowed a few of those as well.
Mom and dad might not have all the answers and yours may seem uncool to you, but they are definitely on your side and they’re doing the best that they can.
So here’s a few things that you may not know about your parents…
1. They’re Not Perfect
Sometimes we tend to forget that our parents are human too. They’re not going to get everything right and they’re not going to respond the way you want them to all the time.
So hey, cut em’ some slack. They’re learning how to adjust to you as you grow and you should learn how to adjust to them. They might not understand why you want those skinny jeans or the latest pair of shoes.
As a family you have to learn how to communicate and realize that you may not agree on everything and everyone makes mistakes. The important thing is that you learn from those mistakes and move on.
2. They Have Feelings Too
Have you ever given your parents the silent treatment, gotten yourself into big trouble or made the mistake of telling them that you hated them? Have you ever sat down and thought about how your actions affected them?
My thought is probably not so much. Your parents aren’t super hero’s. They have feelings just like you and you’ve probably done some things that have really hurt their feelings.
I remember sneaking out of the house one night and when I got caught, the look on my parents’ face made me feel lower than dirt. They were so disappointed in me and I could tell. I felt horrible.
So before you go doing something that you know you shouldn’t do, think about how your parents would feel if they ever found out about it. It really hurts when you hurt the people that love you the most.
3. They Aren’t Psychic
Like I’ve mentioned before, your parents aren’t super hero’s and they don’t possess super powers. If something is bothering you and you want to talk to them about it, then ask them.
Most parents are good at figuring out if something is up, but they can only ask. Don’t assume that they should know what’s on your mind because you know what… they can’t read it.
Parents do their job the best when you’re open with them and you let them know what’s going on. If you keep everything bottled up, you’ll get limited feedback and unanswered questions.
4. Your Parents Were Teens Once Too
Just in case you forgot, at one point in time, your parents were teens themselves too once. I know it’s hard to think of your parents being teens, but they too were once your age.
There’s very little that you can do or think about doing that they haven’t either done or experienced. I was amazed at how my parents were sometimes one step ahead of me, which limited my wrong doings.
So before you decide to sneak out of the house, sneak someone in the house, drink, smoke, do drugs, have sex or any of those things, remember that your parents have experienced at least one of those and they aren’t dummies.
5. They Say No for a Reason
So you want a body piercing and your parents say no. You want a tattoo and still they say no. You want to date, stay out past curfew or go to a concert on a school night and it’s still no no no.
Even though “No” isn’t a word you want to hear from your parents when it comes to something you want to do, they’re not saying it to make your life miserable – it’s for a reason.
Your parents’ main goal is to protect and guide you to become the best possible person you can be. So when they tell you that you can’t do something, it’s for a good reason.
It’s normal to get upset when you can’t do the things you want to do, but take into consideration the things your parents DO let you do. They can’t say yes to everything you ask them for, so appreciate the times when they do.
Are Your Parents All That Bad?
Now that you’ve had a taste of some of the things that your parents go through, are they really all that bad? Could you cut them a little bit of slack when they upset you?
Remember that while you have to deal with them, they have to deal with you too. No one said that the ride wouldn’t be bumpy, but at least your parents are riding that bumpy ride with you.