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4 Goof-proof Ways to Grow Your Relationship With Your Parents Today

March 29, 2017 | Posted by Karina Rovey

Imagine this scenario: you have just gotten home from school. What’s the first question your mom or dad asks when you walk through the door? If your parents are anything like mine, it’s probably “How was your day?” The response: a “Fine,” accompanied by a noncommittal shrug.

This obligatory parent-child conversation is an almost daily occurrence for many teens, including myself. But what if we tried something crazy? What if we actually told our parents how our day really was? Just a couple of highs and lows. Pretty radical, right?

And then… what if we asked them how their day was? With just a couple of sentences, a meaningless exchange of salutations has become an actual mutual exchange of emotion.

Though we may not think about it very often, our parents have good days and bad days just like us. They too struggle with stressful assignments, frustrating superiors and irritating peers. They have accomplishments, friends and exciting news just like we do.

The more we can relate with our parents, the stronger our bond with them will grow. Believe it or not, we can actually be friends with our parents and enjoy their company.

So, what are some other ways to show you care about growing closer with your parents?

1. Offer to help make a meal

What better time to have a conversation than while you’re cooking some great food? Not only is it fun to be able to make a homemade meal with your mom or dad, but they’ll appreciate some helping hands in the kitchen.

2. Send them a text

If it’s an appropriate time to do so, send your parents a quick “Hope you’re having a great day!” text while you’re at school. This simple but sweet gesture is guaranteed to make them smile and shows that you’re thinking of them.

3. Read a book together

Find a book both of you will like and make a relaxed reading schedule (almost like a mini book club). Then every couple chapters or so you can discuss your opinions on the characters, plot, etc. Who knows, maybe your mom thinks that Gale is better than Peeta, too.

4. Have a board game night

They say that competition builds friendship, and it can with your parents, too. Whip out some Scrabble, checkers or any other game–and have fun! Whenever I play board games with my parents we always end up having a genuinely good time filled with lots of laughter.

Overall, the key to having a fantastic relationship with your parents is putting in the effort to do so. After all, God gave you your parents not only so that they can be there for you, but so that you can be there for them.

It may seem like a daunting task, but by just doing little things you can become closer with your parents every day.

Just remember that each step you take, you’re helping to build a relationship that will last a lifetime.

“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.” – Proverbs 1:8-9

AUTHOR
Karina Rovey
Hi there. I’m Karina and I’m a sophomore in high school from Tennessee. I love Jesus, acting, playing guitar and traveling with my family. I am honored and excited to be a part of the World Changers team!
  • This is the best Karina. It’s so important to remember that we have a responsibility to reach out to our parents not just wait on them to maintain the relationship. These are great ideas. Thanks!

  • demianfarnworth

    As a parent, Karina, I love this. Now to share it with my teens … 😀

  • Karina

    Thanks! @evabaker