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15 Times You Realized You Were Raised By Really Strict Parents

15 Times You Realized You Were Raised By Really Strict Parents

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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Last Updated on September 17, 2019

10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.

But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.

Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:

1. Spend Time with Positive People

If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.

Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive.

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2. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior

When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.

Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.

3. Contribute to the Community

One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.

Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.

4. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials

Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.

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5. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts

You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.

If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”

There’s no need to make your thoughts unrealistically positive, but instead, make them more realistic.

6. Establish and Work Toward Goals

It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way. Without clear goals, it’s harder to make decisions and gauge your progress.

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Learn to set SMART goals to help you achieve more.

7. Consider the Consequences of Negativity

Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

For example, a person who thinks, “I probably won’t get this job interview,” may put less effort into the interview. As a result, he may decrease his chances of getting the job.

Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.

8. Offer Compliments to Others

Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.

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9. Create a Daily Gratitude List

If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.

Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

10. Practice Self-Care

Take good care of yourself and you’ll be more equipped to think positively.

Get plenty of rest and exercise and practice managing your stress well. Taking care of your physical and mental health will provide you with more energy to focus on positive thinking.

Learn about these 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.

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