Lifestyle Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents  

Elise Hennigan
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List Rules Vote up everything you're tired of explaining to your parents.

There's no doubt that there's a huge gap between the current generation of 20-to-30-somethings and our parents' generation. Since our parents were young, a lot has changed. The food we eat is different. We spend our time and communicate in different ways, and even fundamental values have shifted over time. It's hard to keep track of the things the kids are doing. And the result? A lot of explaining. So much explaining. 

What are some things your parents don't get? If you're a post-college millennial, odds are that your parents have no idea what you actually do for work. They also might not understand why it's okay that you have changed jobs so much, what a freelance position is, and why it's no longer fashionable to "call up the manager and see if they got your resume." And don't even get them started on why you aren't married (especially if you live with your SO), why you don't have kids yet, and why you'll probably never buy a house. There's also the technological gap. Even if your parents try to keep up with technology, you've probably found yourself explaining what an Apple ID is, why they can't hold their phone like that when you Facetime, and what the deal is with all of these bunny ear photos they see on social media. These are all things that parents don't understand, especially if they're of the Baby Boomer variety. 

We may be sick of explaining stuff to parents, but hopefully you take some pity on them and explain nicely. Vote up the things you find yourself constantly explaining to your parents and add anything you think should be on this list.

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Why You Don't Want To Get ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Why You Don't Want To Get On The Phone And Call People

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That You Aren't Friends Wi... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
That You Aren't Friends With _____ From Elementary School Anymore

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Why Buying A House Is Out Of T... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Why Buying A House Is Out Of The Question

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37 21
Why Representation Matters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Why Representation Matters

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38 22
Why You Don't Have Kids Ye... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Why You Don't Have Kids Yet

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How To Check Their Email On Th... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
How To Check Their Email On Their Phone

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What You Do And Don't Eat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
What You Do And Don't Eat

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Why You Have The Political Bel... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Why You Have The Political Beliefs You Do

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What Your Job Is is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
What Your Job Is

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How To Hold The Phone When You... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
How To Hold The Phone When You Facetime

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Student Loan Debt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Student Loan Debt

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Why You Can't Leave A Dog ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Why You Can't Leave A Dog Outside All Day

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That They Don't Have To Si... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
That They Don't Have To Sign Their Name On Text Messages

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Gender Fluidity (Yours Or Othe... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Gender Fluidity (Yours Or Other People's)

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Why You Would Want To Travel I... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Why You Would Want To Travel Internationally

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Why You Aren't Married is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Why You Aren't Married

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Why You Have Bad Credit is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Why You Have Bad Credit

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How "Influencers" Make... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
How "Influencers" Make Money

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The #MeToo Movement is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
The #MeToo Movement

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Why Saying "All Lives Matt... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Why Saying "All Lives Matter" Is Offensive

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That Sushi Is Safe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
That Sushi Is Safe

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That LOL Does Not Mean "Lo... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
That LOL Does Not Mean "Lots Of Love"

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Proper Emoji Use is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Proper Emoji Use

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Selfies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Selfies

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Why You Don't Live In Your... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Why You Don't Live In Your Hometown

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Why You Aren't Dating That... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Why You Aren't Dating That One Guy/Girl Anymore

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What You'll Do With Your L... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
What You'll Do With Your Liberal Arts Degree

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What Their Apple ID Is is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
What Their Apple ID Is

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Avocado Toast is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Avocado Toast

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That Your Girlfriend Is Still ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
That Your Girlfriend Is Still Your GIRLfriend, Even If She Does Have A Penis

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Why The Kardashians Are Famous is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Why The Kardashians Are Famous

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Those Photos They See With Ani... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Those Photos They See With Animal Ears

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Why Anyone Would Wait In Line ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Why Anyone Would Wait In Line For Brunch

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How Boarding Works On Southwes... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
How Boarding Works On Southwest Airlines

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What That Globby Stuff In Komu... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
What That Globby Stuff In Komubucha Is

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HQ Trivia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
HQ Trivia