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Conflict with parents

Chairs in feildParents come from a planet all of their own. While we love them and the funny stuff they say, it can be hard when we don’t see eye-to-eye.  We want our parents to be happy and they (apparently) only want the best for us. What happens though when they just don’t understand the world the way we do?


Although we may inherit some of their funny sayings we don’t always have the same values or opinions.

 Values are formed by our life experiences and beliefs. From religion to politics and to Facebook, there’s lots of stuff parents just don’t get. But having different values does not mean you have to fight constantly.

 Battle of wills

 Luckily there are ways to keep things peaceful and respectful even if you just have to agree to disagree.

 Communication is key

Poor communication can lead to misunderstandings, arguments and stress. If you find you’re constantly in conflict with your parents, try talking to someone outside the situation for a different perspective.

 People can have different communication styles so work out what would suit you best.  

 Resolving differences

Leaving a disagreement unresolved can really hurt a relationship. It’s not always easy to approach someone to clear the air but better in the long run.  It’s a good idea to wait until you have both calmed down and try to see both sides.

All Irish parents are a bit mad, with a language of their own – does any of this sound familiar? . But you never know, we might find ourselves speaking that language one day, so cut them some slack every now and then.

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