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As a teenager, sometimes it can be hard to see eye to eye with parents. A lot of the time teenagers want more freedom while their parents want to keep them closer and protect them. This can result in a lot of disagreements. If you find yourself constantly clashing with your parents, read on for a few tips on how to get along.

1. Talk to them about their day and tell them about yours as well. A lot of the times parents just want to be in the loop and know what’s going on in your life. They want to know your friends and interests. The better they feel like they know you, the more easygoing and trustful they will be.

2. Be open. Ask questions, tell them about feelings and share experiences. This builds trust and improves the relationship.

3. Help more around the house. Everyone usually enjoys pleasant surprises, and for parents that surprise could be finding out that they don’t have to do the dishes or vacuum, etc. when they get home. If you already do all the chores in the house then try to find something else you don’t usually do that needs to be done.

4. Plan fun things to do together. This could be as simple as asking for a family board game night, or eating dinner together at home. Or it could be things like going to the zoo or going to see a movie. As time goes on we have less and less time to spend with our parents. By doing fun things together, you build not only a better relationship, but also good memories to always keep with you.

5. Avoid arguments at all costs. If you find yourself in an argument with a parent, no matter how right you may be, one of the best things to do for yourself is to take a deep breath and let it go. I’ve always seen that if I ever argue back to prove my point it results in more punishment no matter what the discussion is about so save yourself the trouble, literally, and remove yourself from the situation. That being said, if you do have a serious issue that needs to be discussed with them that they may get angry about, don’t avoid it. Sit them down and use your most mature voice and best communication skills to avoid havoc.

6. Stay off technology when speaking to them. If you are talking to them while texting or playing a video game it is rude and will seem like you are not truly listening to what they’re saying. Show them you care by giving them your full attention.

Parents need love and acceptance, just like kids so as teenagers; we shouldn’t ice them out and ignore them. Make it your goal to express your care and love for your parents more each day.

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