How do you view your parents? As a couple of old people who don’t know anything about how life works in today’s society? As individuals whose main goals in life seem to be to embarrass you and make your life miserable? What about as two people who have already been at the point in life you’re currently experiencing, and therefore probably know more than you do? Or maybe as individuals who love and care about you more than you know, even if it does seem like they’re always getting after you about something?

The truth of the matter is that as a teen or YOUNG adult, you don’t have the experience with life that they do. What you’re experiencing for the first time, they’ve already been through. And as much as you may like to think you’ve got it all figured out, you are NOT smart enough to handle everything on your won, based off of what you think is best. There’s a lot you can learn from your parents – both of what to do and what not to do. Chances are they long to share what they’ve learned with you if you’ll give them the opportunity. It’s kind of like having the cheat sheet for a test – if you’re willing to learn from your parents’ experiences, you have an advantage that most other people your age chose to do without. Take advantage of it!

Additionally, your parents have invested a lot of time and care into raising you. They’ve been God’s means of providing many of the blessings you’re experiencing today – from food to eat and a house to live in to the love and support you need to succeed in life. Have a little bit of gratitude, and show them the respect and honor that they deserve!

As you get older, you can begin to relate to your parents in a completely different way. You’ll begin to realize that they really DID know what they were talking about after all in most cases. Who knows – you may even discover that you enjoy being around them!

(While there are many awesome parents out there, I understand that especially in today’s society, not everyone has this kind of experience with their family. If your home life isn’t ideal, the best thing you could possibly do is to draw close to your Heavenly Father. For more on how to handle such a situation, check out this article –



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