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Divorce, in-laws, difficult teens -- learn how to handle tricky family dynamics with the advice in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Some self-control
Grow up. If you want your parents to stop treating you like a child, make sure you never give them an excuse by acting like one. That means no yelling or whining, no matter how much they aggravate you.
Keep your parents in the loop
Keep your parents in the loop. You don’t have to tell them everything, but the more open you are with them, the less they’ll feel the need to pry.
Show them respect
Show them respect. If you wouldn’t roll your eyes, openly mock, or constantly interrupt a friend who was saying something you disagreed with, then don’t do it to your folks.
Be honest: Are most of your arguments over stuff you know in your heart they’re right about—like your slacker lifestyle or disastrous romantic choices? Consider that the person you may really be angry with is yourself.
Stop taking the bait
Stop taking the bait. If your parents bring up an annoying subject, listen politely, then change the subject. You’re not likely to change each other’s minds, but you can navigate these minefields by controlling your reactions.