Were you raised by really strict parents? From having to ask permission to go somewhere weeks before the actual event to making sure your parents were definitely in a good mood when you did ask, being raised by strict parents really was a minefield.
Check out 15 times you realized you were raised by really strict parents here.
1. Piercings Were A No-Go
Your parents hated piercings, and you would never have dared to ask for a belly button piercing, never mind a facial piercing like your nose or eyebrow. Getting your earlobes pierced was as far as your strict parents were willing to stretch – and even then they thought they were being pretty laid-back about it.
2. You Always Changed The Channel If Your Parents Came In While You Were Watching TV
If you heard your parents in the hall, you always changed the television channel. What if the characters kissed or swore? Totally not worth the lecture.
3. Asking To Go Somewhere Took Immense Effort
Asking your strict parents for permission to go somewhere became an art form for you. You would mentally prepare to ask them for at least a day, and then you would practice coming up with solutions to the problems your parents would inevitably raise.
Then you would make sure they were in a good mood and finally ask for permission – and then, finally, you would agree on a ridiculously early time for you to come home. Phew.
4. You Were Always The First To Leave When You Hung Out With Your Friends
Your friend’s house, the park, the cinema – it didn’t matter where you were or who you were with, you were always the first to leave. Sigh.
5. If Your Friends Made Plans For That Night, You Knew You Wouldn’t Be Able To Go
If you friends made plans for later that day, you wouldn’t even bother to ask your parents if you could go. You really wanted to – you just knew you parents needed at least one business day to make a decision.
6. You Only Needed To Ask If You Could Go Somewhere Once
You never understood why your friends thought asking your parents again after they had already said no would work. If your parents said no, they meant no – there was never any wriggle room.
7. You Couldn’t Believe What Your Friends Were Allowed To Get Up To
Their boyfriends and girlfriends were allowed to sleep over? While their parents were HOME?! You could barely even imagine what it would be like to have such cool, relaxed parents.
8. You Had To Prioritize Plans
When you lived with your parents, everything was about prioritizing; you couldn’t go out on both Friday and Saturday, you just had to pick one.
9. Your Friends Changing Plans Made You Stressed Out
Every time your friends changed their plans, you would have a mini-freak out in your head, because you knew you would have to provide your strict parents with a detailed explanation as to why the plans changed – and then you had to get permission all over again.
10. Your Parents Intensely Disliked One Of Your Friends
Your parents absolutely hated one of your friends; even though you thought they were kind and funny, your parents thought they were a terrible influence on you and hated you two hanging out together.
11. You Lied Constantly To Have A Social Life
You’re not a liar by nature, but you didn’t have a choice. It was lie and have a fun exciting social life, or tell the truth and sit inside every day.
12. You Talked About Grades Rather Than Friends With Your Parents
Family conversations at dinner were focused on your education and your achievements. Your strict parents never wanted to hear about your social life – especially if you’d been hanging around with that one friend they really hated.
13. Your Parents Still Live In Your Mind
If you put on a particularly revealing outfit, you can’t help feeling a little guilty because you know your parents would disapprove if they could see. Get out of my head!
14. Manners Were Everything
If you didn’t say please or thank you as a child, you would get a two hour lecture on manners and being polite, so you are pretty well-mannered.
15. You Fantasize About Being Rebellious
You always fantasize about doing something rebellious and crazy, like getting your belly button pierced – but then you remember that even though you’re an adult, your parents are still happy to lecture you. Oh well.
What did you think of this list? Do you agree with the points? Share this list with your friends who had strict parents to see what they think!