Wouldn’t it be nice if you got along with our parents like you do with your friends? There are times when opening up with friends becomes easier because you do not share a good relationship with your parents. Parents are always going to be there, when you get home, when you wake up in the morning and when you have had a bad day. Your parents want to hear you out, but most often it is you who don’t want to open up to them. Let us look at some ways in which you can develop a good, open and friendly relationship with your parents.
Treat your parents the best way you can
You must have heard the saying ‘do unto others what you want others to do unto you’. Well, do the same to your parents. They have given you love and care from childhood, and it is understandable that they would want some of it back.
Do something social with your parents
Get to know your parents by doing something social along with them. Play a sport that they can, be it indoor or outdoor. You may not have so much fun, but do all you can to get them involved and get to know them better.
Do not take advantage of your parents
Usually, when you get something easily, you tend to take it for granted. Most of us tend to perceive our parents as Santa Claus. Just because you get what you want doesn’t mean you take all you can. Make sure you do everything you possibly can to show gratefulness.
Take part in family activities
Nothing makes your parents feel better than when you are an active part of family functions. This way you can interact with your parents and relatives.
Discuss important day-to-day issues
Just like how you do with your friends, talk about issues. But, be ready for a different point of view. Talk about how things have changed. Ask them how it was back in the old days. Parents love to talk about the ‘good old days’. This makes conversation better.
Do something special
Bake a cake for mom; rent your dad’s favourite movie. Show them appreciation for all that they have done in raising you, by doing something special for them.
Parents always want to see the best in you. They also want to see you reciprocate the love they have for you. Show them love and respect and they will be your friends who you will look forward to meet each day! At home!