What Can I Do About My Overprotective Parents?

Sometimes it can seem like the only things holding you back are the folks looking after you!

So how can you get past those "and that's final" statements?

Why are they being like this?

The bottom line is they're responsible for you until you're 16.

This means they have a right to know where you are, who you're with and, within reason, what you're doing.

They probably worry themselves half daft every time you try something new or forget to call when you said you would.

All this means that sometimes you just have to accept their word really is final - especially when it comes to things like how late you can stay out or where you go.

Still, there's no harm in trying and if you don't ask you don't get, so read on...

How can I make them see sense?

If you hear yourself uttering the famous words "but everyone is doing it", spare a thought - the world has changed loads since they were your age.

This means they might not have the first clue about things that seem straightforward and okay to you.

See if you can find some trustworthy websites leaflets, newspaper or magazine articles about what you want to do.

If you have mates that are going to the same event or doing the same things, let your folks know who they are. You could even arrange for them to speak to their parents or guardians.

Lastly, it goes without saying that if you need money from them to do something, they're well within their rights to refuse - few of us are blessed with keepers who're bottomless pits full of cash.

What if we argue?

The Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution has lots of handy tips on how to sort arguments with parents and guardians. 

You can also have a look at our tips on how to sort out arguments.