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How Do I Get My Parents To Trust Me?

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How Do I Get My Parents To Trust Me?

So your parents don’t trust you and you’re wondering why. To start with, recognize that a big part of this may be their own fears and worries about you and your well-being. Sometimes what looks like mistrust is really just fear.

It’s also possible that what feels like your parents not trusting you comes from their feeling that they don’t have enough information. If they don’t have the whole picture (so to speak) and especially if they feel like you are keeping information from them—that can make parents feel suspicious. Additionally, if you’ve made some mistakes in the past–done things you shouldn’t—they may truly not feel like they trust you to make a better/different decision yet.

So what should you do?

The first place to start is in talking to them. Acknowledge their perspective. Be more open with your parents. Offer up information about where you’re going, what you’re doing, and who you’ll be with. Try to be as transparent as you can. Ask for a chance to prove your trustworthiness, and point out the positive ways you are earning their trust. Talking directly—and especially calmly—about this issue can make a big difference. Good luck!

Katie Malinski Katie Malinski LCSW is a licensed child and family therapist and parenting coach. In addition to her one-on-one work with families and children, she presents dynamic parenting workshops on a variety of topics, including: Beyond Birds and Bees, Parenting Through Divorce, Typical Parenting Conflicts, and many more. Learn more about Katie at www.KatieMalinski.com.
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