“I have learned to always enjoy life and to do stuff that makes me happy. They also have taught me the importance of getting good grades.” Genny H., 14, Oklahoma “I’ve learned to interact with people and always stay calm. I can get so mad at him, and he will never get mad back.
He’s really taught me to find the best in people and how to stay calm in situations when I want to lose it.
They know all about all my friends, so they trust me when I go out with them.
They know I won’t do anything that they wouldn’t want me to do.” Hollie V., 16, South Dakota “They always like to play with me and make sure they get to spend time with me, so they can influence what I do.
We just talk things through with each other and go on.” Carson L., 15, California “I learned at a young age that it’s a lot easier to get what I want if I compromise. Also, there are a lot of times that my dad or mom will just take me aside, and I can talk with them a lot easier when it’s just one-on-one.” Emily J., 16, North Carolina “The best way to improve a relationship is through loving them even if they do something you don’t like or you get angry at them.
For example, if I tell my parents, ‘I’m going to go do this,’ they tell me no. I think just humbling yourself and giving them a hug and just saying ‘I love you’ is a way to start a relationship if it hasn’t already begun.” Kristen L., 16, North Carolina “Let your parents know what’s going on.
“Give them the right to misunderstand and to make a mistake or two.
They’re very strong with their Church callings, and that’s a good quality that I admire.” Kristyn K., 14, Illinois “My mom always tries really hard to unify our family.
She makes sure we try to do as many family activities as possible. When I talk to my parents, I tell them pretty much everything I do.
I figure if I just tell them, I don’t have to worry about getting in trouble.” Adam M., 17, Pennsylvania “I think having the gospel as the center of our family relationship helps a lot.
It makes our family closer because we can talk about and apply the gospel.” Whitney Harrison, 16, South Dakota “The gospel really is based upon families. Packer, “You’re in the Driver’s Seat,” June 2004, 9).
Do you appreciate your parents and treasure your relationship with them? Everyone comes from a different family situation, and everyone’s parents are different.