How to Talk to Your Parents

So you’re very excited about serving overseas, but not so excited about broaching the subject with your parents…

Don’t worry. You’re not alone.

If you’re reading this article, you’re on the right track. It means you already understand that this is a big deal and that your parents will likely have some questions. Following these five tips will set you up for success in this conversation.

Five tips for talking to parents about an iGo trip:

1. Pick a good time to bring it up. Ask them when a good time to discuss this trip would be. Don’t bring it up in public or on the way home from camp. The best way to begin the conversation is to say something like this: “While I was at camp, I heard about an opportunity that I’m very interested in and would really like to talk with you about it. When would be a good time we could all sit down and discuss that?

2. Do your research. Find out as much as you can about the trip before you talk to them so you can explain where you’re going, what you’ll be doing, who you’ll be working with, and how much it costs.

3. Provide information. Give them the information you received at camp and take them to the Parent Page on the iGo Global website. Help them find answers to any questions they have about the trip or about iGo in general. You may need to give them some time to review that information on their own.

4. Recognize the financial side. It’s easy to say, “God will take care of the money.” It even sounds spiritual, but it could communicate that you are approaching the trip with a sense of carelessness instead of responsibility. Remind your parents that once you are accepted, you’ll receive a fundraising packet from our office. It will help them to know that you’ve thought through this and are willing to work hard to raise support.

5. Ask them if they think you’re ready. They may see some immaturity or lack of responsibility that indicates you are not ready to do this. If so, you would be wise to listen to them.

iGo Global Staff

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