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As a teen (or former teen), how well do (did) you get along with your parents?

Asked by wundayatta (58326 points ) January 29th, 2013

I had a conversation with my daughter last night in which she said that none of her friends had a good relationship with their parents.

None?

They all seemed to be fighting over one or more things. She is 16 and has friends her age who are pregnant, engaged to be married, do drugs, drink, and have sex with multiple guys (not at the same time as far as I know).

They still feel their parents are overly restrictive. They feel they can’t talk to their parents. I’m betting they feel misunderstood.

Only one girl says that her mother is ok with her drinking, so long as she doesn’t drink near the mother. I’ve told our kids they can drink, and if they do, I want them to do it at home or only where they are safe. Funny thing. They are far more vehemently against drinking than anyone I know, and I think it is sincere. Reverse psychology anyone?

Anyway, she was asking me how to be a parent that her children would not hate. She feels like all her friend hate their parents, but she doesn’t. Obviously, it feels good to hear this. Makes us feel like we did something right.

But she says all her friends hate their parents. This cannot be. So I ask you current teens what your relationship with your parents is like, and you former teens, if you can remember what you felt back then, can chime in, too.

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