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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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Amy is a writer who blogs about relationships and lifestyle advice.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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