How to Deal When You’re SUPER Mad at Your Parents
Unless you grew up living in a Norman Rockwell painting, we’re guessing you and your parents have been through a rift or two. When you were a teenager, you knew exactly how to deal — scream, slam doors, use all the terrible words you should never use in a fight with someone you care about. (Just kidding. And hopefully, you’ve grown out of that.) Now that you’re an adult, it can be even harder to know how to deal with family drama. You’re still their “kid,” but you also pay your own cell phone bill now, and you deserve to be treated like you know what you’re doing with your life. (Even if you’re in the middle of a quarter-life crisis.) No matter how hard you try to understand your mother, sometimes you’re still going to butt heads. And don’t even get us started on siblings (for now — there’s more coming for this series!). Here are some tips on keeping your cool when your parents are driving you insane (who taught Dad to text?!). And if all else fails, rest assured that there are plenty of families way crazier than yours.
1. Set boundaries on communication. If your parents are calling, texting and emailing at all hours of the day — whether it’s thoughtful, “helpful” advice or questions about using their iPad — that can be stressful. Let them know the best times to reach you that won’t disrupt your day, and then make sure you actually stick to that schedule. That way you’re being clear about what won’t work for you, but also offering a real alternative.
Change the subject.
them some grandkids.)