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Smile need ideas - August 23rd 2011, 09:30 PM

hi all i need some ideas on what i can do 2 show my mom and dad that im being responsible. can any1 help?
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Re: need ideas - August 25th 2011, 09:49 PM

General rule of thumb is to do what you're told to do, when you're told to do it, without complaining or bargaining, and then go a step or two beyond that. For example, if your parents ask you to clean your room, don't just throw stuff in the closet or under the bed. Do a proper job of it. THEN, after you've cleaned your room, walk around the house and see if there's anything else you can do, such as washing the dishes, vacuuming the carpet in the living room, etc. Don't brag about what you did, but do make sure these are things your parents would normally take care of. Then, when they notice those things have already been taken care of, they'll be shocked.

Another thing you can do is communicate with your parents more effectively. This is going to depend on the circumstances, of course, but there are "mature" and "immature" ways to have a conversation with a parent. For example, if you ask your parents for something and they say, "no," and IMmature way to handle your disappointment would be to protest, to try and make a deal with them, to ask them why they said, "no," to pout or give them the "silent treatment", etc. A mature way to handle your disappointment would be to say, "okay," and continue on with your day as if your parents hadn't done anything to upset you. A day or two later, you may be able to find a moment to quickly pull them aside and say, "I respect the decision you made, but I was wondering if I could find out why it wasn't possible to do _________. Is there something I could do differently so that I might be able to do that in the future?" Part of being mature is learning when it is and isn't okay to say or do certain things. Children are selfish and don't think about why a parent might have said, "no," whereas teenagers are expected to look at a situation from different points of view and understand the whole picture.

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Re: need ideas - August 27th 2011, 12:15 AM

thanx psy this is really good info 2 know!
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