Acknowledge that your child is an individual and not an extension of yourself. By accepting your child as a person, you open the way to a firm and healthy relationship with your child.
Let your child mark his/her own path. Even if you disagree with the directions that your child is taking in his/her life, acknowledge his/her right to do so. Allow your child to be who he/she wants to be.
When you have disagreements with your child, remember that his/her points may be valid as well. Be sure to hear him/her out. This does not mean that you give your child control of the entire conversation. You are simply encouraging your child to express his/her views on the given subject. Giving your child the right to be heard will not only help your relationship, it will provide him/her with the skills needed in all aspects of life.