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Talk With Your Parents

 Talking with parents can be a very difficult task, especially about tough issues like dating relationships and dating abuse. If you're in an abusive dating relationship, you may also be afraid of how your parents may react if you tell them what's going on.

However, parents know a lot about relationships and can be very helpful. They were teens like you at one point and can understand what you're going through. Also remember that they have your best interests in mind.

Here are some tips for talking with parents about important topics:

Tell your parents you would like to talk.

Let them know what you want to talk about. Find a time when you and your parents can be comfortable and relaxed together. Why not send your parents an eCard to say you want to chat?

Make sure there are no distractions.

It's best to talk when there's nothing competing for anyone's attention, like watching TV, reading a book, or playing with the family pet.

Be honest.

With difficult topics like dating abuse, it may be easy to avoid conflict and just tell your parents some things. But be completely honest-honesty helps build a relationship with your parents that is based on trust.

Be mature.

Avoid sarcasm, teen lingo, yelling, or rolling your eyes.

Do not interrupt one another.

Let your parents finish and don't interrupt. Ask them to do the same for you.

Stay cool.

The conversation may get heated, or your parents may react in a way that you don't like. If you feel yourself getting upset, don't react by storming off or yelling at them. Take a deep breath, and start talking again when you feel calm.

Continue the conversation if needed.

If you feel like there are still things that you and your parents need to talk about, set a time to continue the conversation.