The relationship that you have with your parents as a child is wildly different than the one that you have with them as an adult. If you're unsure if your relationship is healthy, Bustle, and Dr. Mark Borg, Jr., PhD, explains how you can fix that.

  • If they're still demanding things from you then they may not be able to see you as the adult that you are now. Your thoughts and opinions should be equally as important as their thoughts and opinions, and if that's not the case, it should be communicated to them as best as you can.
  • If they make you second guess your choices your relationship with your parents may not be as solid as you think they are. Respect needs to be given both ways, and if your parents are questioning your decisions, then they may not respect you as an adult. Show them why you are making the choices that you're making, and hopefully they will learn to respect you.
  • If you still feel bad saying "no" to your parents you don't see them on the same playing field as them. As adults, you and your parents are now equals, and should treat each other as such.

Respect and communication are the most important aspects of any relationship. Being able to communicate and respect your parents and have them respect you will allow you all to have a healthy relationship with one another.

(via Bustle)