How to make your parents proud: A teenager's guide to making mom and dad proud
This post talks about how to make your parents proud and how you, as a teenager, can bring a smile on your mom and dad's face. It promises to be no-nonsense and practical by staying away from things like 'do your homework', 'go to sleep on time', 'obey your parents', etc. This is an intellectual approach which seems fit for teenagers of Generation Z and Generation AO, who in some ways, have a much deeper and earlier gathered understanding of life than all the previous generations.
1) Maintaining honesty: Avoid telling your parents vicious lies
Would we really expect a 13 year old boy to tell his mom who he likes in class? Would we really expect a 14 year old girl to tell her father about her crush? Would it be practical to ask a teenager to refrain from even telling the smallest of white lies to his or her parent? Maybe, maybe not, but that's not the debate here.
Nobody likes being lied to. From the 21st century teenager's perspective, maintaining honesty is more about being open with their parents. If you want to make your parents proud, try to be as honest as you can and avoid brutal lies. If you've got an F, don't fudge your report card to make it look like an A.
While it may slightly hurt to be honest in the beginning and your parents may temporarily fume at you for the obvious, it will pay in the long run. As they realize that you speak out the truth every time, you will notice that your parents have developed a new found attitude towards you. It takes time to build trust, but it is worth the effort.
2) Spend some time with your parents
It may or may not be practical to ask you to spend time with your parents every day. It may not even be possible due to your parent's work timings or how your school and extracurricular activities are lined out.
All you need to do is show your parents that you feel like spending some quality time with them, even if it is once in a while. Maybe once every fortnight you could say "We should spend one of these Sundays together, you know", "Hey dad, how about we go to see the game this Friday?" or "Hey mom, how about we go shopping together this weekend?"
3) Be nice to your parents
Do your parents constantly keep pushing you to get higher grades? If you get a B, do they push you for an A? Does it always seem that there is nothing you can do to make your parents happy? Well, you are not alone. Every parent does that and every child hates it.
Remember that your parents keep pushing you to do more and achieve more only for your good. However chances are, that you will realize this only when you are older. Everything aside, tell yourself things like "I have to be nice to my dad" or "I will not scream at mum"
Keep reminding yourself that by being nice to your parents, you are in fact, doing yourself a favor. Your efforts to be nice will not go unnoticed and your folks will beam proudly with a smile – They will feel like the luckiest parents ever! And if you want to go the extra mile, try squeezing out something like I Love You dad or Thank you mom when your parents do something nice for you.
4) Stay away from drugs, alcohol and tobacco
It doesn't matter if your dad craves a drink every now and then. It doesn't matter if your mom smokes too. It doesn't matter if someone respectable in your family was addicted to drugs. Just because someone in your immediate family is a user of any of these vices, doesn't mean that it is morally okay for you to do the same.
Your parents will be extremely proud of you if you stay away from these vices in school. Stop thinking that these things make you look cool, because the truth is that they don't. Ask any smoker how much they regret picking up the habit and realized how gross and unhealthy it is, only when it was too late.
5) Become successful and be an achiever
So cliché, but so true. Parents feel very proud when their children succeed at something. It can be something as little as winning a debate competition in school to winning a sporting event at the nationals.
Success in this sense does not mean riches. From a teenager's point of view, success means winning at different activities. Show your parents that you have what it takes to go all guns blazing in winning in your area of interest and passion. Good grades are only small part of the bigger picture. You could be successful at singing, playing ball, debate, painting or any other activity that ignites a spark in your mind.
So whenever you pick up an activity, whether it is your favorite subject in class or your favorite sport, make your parents proud by showing them that you gave it your best shot. Remember, no one's asking you to be the model teenager, just strive to be someone who can look back and say – I gave my best shot at life!
Everyday tips to make your parents proud of you
1) If you want to try your hand at playing a sport professionally, give it everything you've got – The last thing you'd want is to be 25 and regretting that you didn't give your Football career a good shot when you were 15
2) Don't be a snob at home – Interact with your parents
3) No one's asking you to be a bookworm, but if you are not gifted for sports or arts, academics is probably your hope of carving out a fancy career – Do enough to get into a good college
4) A teenager's room is supposed to be a bit messy but don't let yours let out a stink – There is a fine line between messy and filthy
5) Living a teenager's life is all about having fun but don't do anything that gets you on the wrong side of the law – Get busted, and life won't remain fun anymore
6) In a world where everything goes viral, don't do something that will bring shame to your folks
7) Even if you are blessed with folks who can afford to give you decent pocket money, try to get a part-time job and earn some money in your free time, even if it is just for a month during summer – Your parents will be extremely proud!
8) Don't be shy if you are inclined towards art – You could carve out a fantastic career in singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, painting, sketching, designing, sculpting, etc
9) Be as honest as you can with your parents and if you've screwed up, admit it – Your parents have been teenagers too and they understand you a lot more than what meets the eye
10) Don't bad mouth your parents – Stop using abusive and hard language when you speak to your mom and dad