Here are 10 indicators that your parents are over-controlling: 1. They feel the need to micromanage everything in your life. 2. They push you toward the career path that they want–versus allowing you to pursue your own dreams. 3. They critique or criticize everything you do. 4. They have an opinion about whom you date, how you dress, what you eat, and what you do with your free time. 5. They never allowed you to have your own opinions on things, or make your own mistakes in life. 6. They see you as an extension of themselves and not as a separate person. 7. They feel that they have a right to dictate everything about your life 8. They think that they are always “right” about how you should live your life. 9. They know what’s best for you, and you are neither to argue nor disagree with them. 10. They infringe on your privacy by showing up unannounced, or snooping through your things. Parents who helped you manage your life was OK when you were 5, or even 15, but not when you’re 35! If they’re still trying to micromanage you, tensions will arise because you instinctively know that you should be allowed to live your life as you please. You just want your parents’ support and encouragement along the way! Parents who are over-controlling are having trouble letting go. Help them let go by setting up rules and boundaries. Clearly communicate to them how you want them to treat you. Tell them how you want them to show you respect as an adult who can make your own decisions. Stay firm in your commitment to the boundaries you set, and in time your parents will loosen their grip, and trust that you have grown up to be an adult who can manage their own life! Listen to “The Joan Jerkovich Show” this weekend for information on “What Are Healthy Versus Unhealthy Boundaries?” and “How To Set Boundaries With Consequences”. Listen also for the Kansas Wesleyan student talk about setting boundaries with college friends, and how he unknowingly saved a student’s life. Empowering Talk Radio from “Your Life Coach”!
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