1. Don’t be afraid to speak their language. Try using strange words and phrases like, “I’ll help wash the dishes,” “thank you,” and “please.”
2. Try to understand their music. Play Glenn Miller records on the stereo and accustom yourself to the strange sound.
3. Encourage them to talk about their problems. Try to keep in mind that such things as earning a living and paying off the mortgage are important to them.
4. Be tolerant about their appearance. When your dad gets a haircut, don’t feel personally humiliated. Remember, it’s important to him to look like his peers.
5. And most important of all, if they do something you consider wrong, let them know it’s their behavior you dislike, not them. Remember parents need to feel loved!
– Author Unknown