What parents want from young people

Parents care about you, and they want to know you're OK. They want to help you develop into an adult they are proud of and not feel that they have no part in your life except to feed you and make rules. They want to feel that they're 'OK' parents and that you understand they're human beings and can make mistakes. Parents want:

  • To know you are alright and not in danger

  • To be told they're 'OK' parents

  • To know you understand their values and why they want to pass them on

  • You not to judge them too harshly

  • To know you have heard their opinions and thought about what they have to say

  • To have some idea of what's going on in your life