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Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents 

Elise Hennigan
Updated December 26, 2019 2.5k votes 214 voters 2.9k views 36 items

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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That You Aren't Friends ... is listed (or ranked) 1 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 You Don't Want To Ge... is listed (or ranked) 2 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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What You Do And Don't Ea... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
What You Do And Don't Eat
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Why Representation Matte... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Why Representation Matters
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Why You Don't Have Kids ... 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... 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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Why You Have The Politic... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Why You Have The Political Beliefs You Do
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Why Buying A House Is Ou... is listed (or ranked) 8 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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How To Hold The Phone Wh... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
How To Hold The Phone When You Facetime
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That They Don't Have To ... is listed (or ranked) 10 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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What Your Job Is is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
What Your Job Is
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Why You Can't Leave A Do... 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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Student Loan Debt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Student Loan Debt
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Why You Aren't Married ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Why You Aren't Married
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Gender Fluidity (Yours O... is listed (or ranked) 15 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 Tr... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Why You Would Want To Travel Internationally
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What Their Apple ID Is ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
What Their Apple ID Is
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How to fix wifi problems... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
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Why Saying "All Liv... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Why Saying "All Lives Matter" Is Offensive
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That LOL Does Not Mean &... is listed (or ranked) 20 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) 21 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Proper Emoji Use
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The #MeToo Movement is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
The #MeToo Movement
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How "Influencers&qu... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
How "Influencers" Make Money
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That Sushi Is Safe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
That Sushi Is Safe
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Why You Have Bad Credit ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents
Why You Have Bad Credit