No matter how much of a self-sufficient adult you've become, your parents might still see you as a child. It doesn't matter how many bills you pay, how much you're succeeding in your career, or how independent you've become. To them, you're still their baby who needs to hear their sometimes unwelcome opinions and constructive criticism. When you want to form a friendship with your parents in adulthood, the road to get there isn't always easy.
If you're feeling exasperated, I totally get it. Even though I have a great relationship with my mom and dad now, we've certainly had plenty of rough patches. At the end of the day, you just want your parents' approval and a loving connection with them. So, why is it so complicated? Well, it doesn't always have to be. There are several things you can do to deepen your bond with your parents in the new year. Keep reading for eight ways you can make your relationship more positive, and if you're already in a good place, even closer!