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Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may bc long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

- Exodus 20: 12

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

- Ephesians 6:1

My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

- Proverbs 1:8-9

Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

- Colossians 3:20


you and are more genuinely concerned for your welfare than any other adult in the world is important, especially when not agreeing with a particular decision they made.

As you advance in the teen years, it may be difficult for your parents to "loosen the reins," to grant you more freedom, to give you more personal responsibility. This is due to their great love and concern for you. Knowing the dangers along the path ahead of you and desperately wanting to protect you from danger, they may find it very hard to let you "hike" out of their protective sight.

To assist your parents in this matter, but also to mature in personal responsibility, it is very important for you to develop trust. If your parents feel they can trust you, it will be easier for them to grant you another step in personal freedom. When you ask your parents for permission to go to a friend's house overnight, for use of the car, or whatever request it may be, their ability to trust you will play an important role in how they answer. The following chart and page describes six practical pointers for building this trust.

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