It's a great feeling to know that your parents are proud of you. However, it's not very easy toachieve. Sometimes it feels like it's impossible, and you may become irritated at your parents. However, before you give up, try reading and following the steps in this article.

Method 1 of 2: Being an Admirable Person

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    Always try your best. How are you going to make your parents proud if you don't put in 100% effort? Try your hardest at anything and everything-sports, schoolwork, jobs, them that you're not slacking off. Have an enthusiastic attitude towards everything-it'll get you a lot further than you may think.

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    Take their ideas into account. For example":You want to cut your hair and dye it red. They want you to just trim it. You don't have to do exactly what they say, but try taking their ideas into account. You could keep your hair the same length, or trim it a little more than they would like. Apply this attitude for everything. Don't let them take over you, but make sure you at least show them that you ARE considering their suggestions too.

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    Do the right thing. Your parents probably won't be too proud of you if you're locked up in jail for several different crimes. In contrast, they may be upset or angry with you. You don't have to turn into a total goody two shoes, but make sure you know the limits and don't push them. Keep within the rules-whether that be at school, work, or the law. Before you do something, always think about whether it's the right thing, and whether your parents would be proud of you.

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    Be a good person. You may stick within the rules, try your best, and take their ideas into account, but after all that you might be a really selfish, nasty person-and that won't make your folks proud, will it? So be a good person-be as generous, nice, and thoughtful as you can. Don't think that you have to be a total pushover or a goody two shoes-just be a good person. There are lots of people who are good people, but nowhere near a goody two shoes or a pushover. Remember that.

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    Be responsible. Don't be a totally immature person who your parents have to constantly keep an eye on. It's great to have fun, but know when to stop and be responsible. It ties in with doing the right thing-always stick within the boundaries. Be trustworthy, and reliable. If you're going to baby-sit, baby-sit. If you're going to do your homework, do your homework. If you're going to wash the car, wash the car. You can always party, but make sure you know when it's gone beyond the line.

Method 2 of 2: Reacting Correctly when You're in Trouble

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    Look down at the ground when they scold you. This will show your parents that you're actually ashamed of your behavior and that you're really thinking it over, determined not to do it again. If you smirk at them, give them a defiant stare, or look bored or annoyed, then they'll be even more angry at you. Though nobody likes being scolded, you should show them that you understand what you did wrong. If you're able to do that, you'll make them proud, even if they're still angry.

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    Don't talk back to them. When your parents are angry about something you did and are in the middle of telling you why they're disappointed, it's not the time to talk back to them, to interrupt, or to generally be disrespectful. Sure, you may want to tell them your side of the story, but you don't want to interrupt them when they're trying to tell you something, or they will be even more angry. There's a time and a place for everything.

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    Tell them your side of the story when they calm down. If you really do think they don't understand the situation, you should give them some time to cool off before you go and tell them what you really think. If they ask you to tell them your side on the spot, then fine, but if they look frustrated or like they need some space, then give it to them instead of continuing a conversation they don't want to have. They'll be proud of you for recognizing that they want to be left alone, and they'll be more receptive to the fact that you realized they need some private time.

    • When they look ready, you can calmly and nicely tell them your side of the story.
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    Admit your mistakes. Nobody's perfect, and it's much better to admit that you've made a mistake than to be in denial or to be mean about it when you've done something wrong. If you say you're sorry, look your parents in the eyes, and promise to not do it again -- and really mean it -- then that will definitely make your parents proud of you. They don't expect you to be perfect, but they do expect you to accept responsibility when you've done something wrong. This is a big part of being a mature individual with self-knowledge.

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