Q: My parents criticize me all the time, saying that I spend more time with my friends than studying or helping around the house. I am active in my church. Why can’t they understand I need to have my own life? — I.T.

A: When young people begin the process of becoming independent, it often causes friction between parents and children. This isn’t necessarily bad, because we each need to learn to make our own decisions as the years go by, but it should also be a time to build solid relationships between parent and child — this is important for home and family.

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