Because your parents reign supreme, because they are superior, they will always win. Their age is their unique benefit. Obviously your parents cannot simply explain their life experience and wisdom to you, however you don't have to be old to be wise (plain and simple). Explaining this to your parents definitely won't work. When asking for a big change in your life to your parents, or when your parents aren't trusting you, try and think of it from their point of view: they probably knew someone in high school who partied a lot and skipped school a lot yet whose parents claimed was their golden child who never got in to any trouble. Or, maybe you have an older sibling who was somewhat of a troublesome burnout and are comparing you to them. All their opinions will be based on their own experiences, whether it be themselves who was irresponsible or they knew someone else who was irresponsible. How unfortunate then, for the typical irresponsible know-it-all teenager is now the representative of all youths as a whole. When in an argument with your parents, your age will always be your disadvantage and will always be the target of your parents to shut you down. Your parents will always have trouble taking you seriously because you are, in fact, a child (to them). If you are attempting to convince your parents of something, they are going to know you are trying to manipulate them. It's no secret, you aren't fooling them, they are smart enough to figure it out. I suggest, if you are in a tough situation and are sick of your parents not trusting you, write them a honest and respectful letter. That way, you can get your point across without the risk out blurting out any mad thought that comes across in your mind in a heated discussion. Try to understand that in your parents not trusting you, by doing so they are limiting themselves to a confined mindset simply because they don't understand. They don't understand that they can indeed trust you and that you are not included in the stupid-irresponsible-know-it-all teenager stereotype. It's your job to prove to them that by you committing to being responsible you are being legitimate and shouldn't be categorized by any teenager stereotypes. Yes, parents can be very annoying but they are always thinking of your benefit, even if they are wrong. Use your voice and never let your parents abuse their privilege of, essentially, bossing you around. Parents will always use big words as a disguise to saying something very simple, so listen to what they are saying and present your argument with confidence!