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My parents have high expectations of me

Your Question

i dont know what to do because i feel like my parents have really high expectations that i cant meet and im really stressed


Hello, thank you for contacting Ask Alex. 


Sorry to hear that you’ve been feeling stressed about the expectations your parents have. Parents can often want the best for their child which can sometimes lead to them having high expectations.  


While we’re not sure what the exact expectations are when it comes to your situation, it’s common for parents to expect things like good school results, doing well in extra activities like music or sports and sometimes parents might like to see a teenager get a part-time job to make their own money.  


We actually have a useful article with plenty of tips on our website.. Please feel free to check it out; we hope it helps .


Remember to try be as honest and open about your feelings with your parents as possible. Communication is often the key to sorting out relationship difficulties, whether it is with friendships or parents.

If you would like to reach out and talk to us some more, our Childline Team are here to help and support you too. We do not judge, and we can explore your options with you. You can contact us any time of the day or night, the Childline Listening service never closes, we are here for you 24/7/365. Our free-phone number is 1800 66 66 66 or you can use Live Chat on our website


Best of luck to you and thanks for for reaching out,


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