How To Deal With Parents Who Are Too Strict

Parents are usually strict with the intention of protecting you. With a little help, you can get them to loosen the reigns.

Instructions

  • TIP: Don't try to pull a fast one on your parents. You'll probably get caught and, since they're strict, it probably won't be worth the consequences.
  • Step 1: Talk to a counselor at school or ask your parents about professional counseling. Just bringing it up may help them see the seriousness of the situation.
  • FACT: Parents who were raised in disruptive families often see that form of interaction as a model and continue this pattern with their children.
  • Step 2: Understand the consequences you will face if you break the rules.
  • Step 3: Stay calm if you disagree with the rules and explain why you think it is unfair.
  • Step 4: Have a serious discussion with your parents and give specific examples of what you consider to be too strict. Listen and try to understand their defenses.
  • TIP: Don't be confrontational – you'll only make matters worse.
  • Step 5: Go over what their rules and expectations are to make sure everyone's on the same page.
  • Step 6: Think about your behavior. Honestly evaluate whether your parents are really being too strict and consider the possibility that you may need to make behavioral adjustments.

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