Are you every parent’s dream? Or is dealing with you a never-ending headache? Have you ever forgotten your parents' birthdays? NO! Never!. I have... unfortunately . I don't believe it's my job to remember birthdays. Your mother (or father) has bought you an ugly sweater for the holidays. What happens next? I gently let them know that it isn't my style so they don't make the same mistake twice. I bury it in my closet for a while and then toss it in the trash. I wear it a couple times - but only if they are around!. I integrate it into my wardrobe, because it's the thought that counts. What is or would be the hardest part about living far away from your parents? The fear that I can't be there for them whenever something goes wrong. The fear that they can't be there for me whenever something goes wrong. What's hard about it?. The lack of regular face to face contact. When you were a child, did you break a lot of your parents' rules? Only the ones I don't regret breaking!. Yes, I was a bit of a whirlwind that way.. Rules are meant to be broken. Otherwise no one would ever have any fun.. No, I paid attention to the rules because I understood them.. No, I wouldn't want to disappoint my parents.. What is the best thing a parent can do for their kid? Provide emotional support. Provide financial support. Encourage independent, critical thinking. Bail them out of trouble. Imagine that you're on a road trip with your parents. You stop at a small town and there is only one hotel room available with a double bed. Your parents are exhausted. Who sleeps on the floor? Me. Not me. No one... I'll figure out a way to get us all a bed, even if I have to drive myself to the next town. I would never, ever go on a road trip with my parents. Ugh.. No one is perfect - including your parents. When your parents are spouting off about some nonsense and you have proof that they are dead-wrong, what do you do? I gently correct them. I start yelling a lot. I let it slide - it's more important to keep everyone happy than be "right" all the time!. I let them know that they are morons. Over and over again.. Do you listen to the advice that your parents give? I take it into consideration and then make up my own mind. Not really.... No way. They don't understand me. . I hang on to every word... they often know best. If you could use just one of these words to describe how you view your parents, what would it be? Roommate. Authority. Bank. Blessing. Mentor.