Dear Fairy Godmother,

I have seriously got, like, the worst parents ever! They are so strict! I keep trying to get them to loosen up, but no amount of arguing works. They can’t believe that I’m growing up. They might as well lock me up in a tower somewhere for all the freedom I get.

How can I make them see me as a responsible young adult?

A Total Rapunzel

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Dear “Rapunzel”

I’m truly sorry you feel so trapped. In regards to your situation, I have two pieces of advice.

First, try to see your parents’ point of view. It might be true that they are having trouble seeing you as grown-up, but that’s because you are their little girl. They instinctively want to shelter you from the troubles of the world. 

Second, the best way to prove to your parents that you are responsible is to be responsible. Ask for small concessions or changes and show that you can handle them. Don’t throw tantrums when you don’t get your way. Use logic and reason instead of arguments and emotions. They’ll respect you for that.

The most important thing I can encourage you to do is simply to talk. Tell your parents how you feel and listen to what they have to say with an open mind. Compromise isn’t easy, but it is well worth the work. I wish you the best of luck in this adventure.

And remember, never stop dreaming!

Your Fairy Godmother

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