Everyone wants a good relationship with their parents, but it can be difficult when you grow older and feel like your mom and dad still treat you like a helpless child. If you have a hard time communicating with them, you may want to look out for some signs your parents don't respect you enough. Although there may not be an easy solution, acknowledging that your parents view you a certain way can help you manage your interactions moving forward — and you may even be able to work with them to remedy the problem.
"Many times, dealing with disrespectful parents make us feel like children all over again," says therapist Ana M. Aluisy, MA, LMHC, LMFT over email. "We may say or do things that reflect a younger stage of our life when confronted with disrespect from parent, no matter how old we are. We commonly see parents as authority figures, and it can be difficult to stand up to any kinds of authority, specially parents who can bring out our deepest vulnerabilities."
Relationships can be mended, but it's good to understand what's going on between you and your parents so you can take the proper steps to fix it. Here are nine subtle signs that your parents don't respect you enough.