I didn't understand why my parents were so "overprotective." When I was a teenager, it seemed like they just didn't want me to grow up. They didn't let me date until I was 16, and my curfew was often earlier than my friends' curfews. I could only date a boy as much as two years older than me. They wanted to know where I was, and who I was with.
I was a good kid, generally respectful, and never promiscuous. I couldn't believe that they didn't trust me.
Now that I'm grown and have teenagers of my own, I realize that it wasn't that they didn't trust me. They were protecting me because they cared. They didn't want me to be faced with situations that I was not yet ready to handle.
My teenagers also think I'm overprotective. They'll understand one day when they have children of their own.
Partying with alchol. Way back then when legal age was 18. I thought I was so grown up and could do whatever pretty much I pleased and could handle alcohol. I did though pretty much. But now I have a young adult son( college age) adn the laws are even stricter now and he goes out and I get so scared that Im either going to get a call from police or hospitAl that he has either been arrested or injured or a fatal accident.Not to mention, he thinking the same way I did ...lol He's not a big drinker, but still.
With discipline - "This will hurt me more than it hurts you". I never understood how my parents never wanted to discipline us but did it "for our own good". As a parent - I completely understand. It breaks my heart to discipline my children but I know I must....
When I was young my parents used to always make me put my hands in my pocket when we went into the store. Now that I have a one year old I see how much he likes to touch things and I can't wait until he is able to learn how to leave his hands in his pockets.
My grandma use to tell me, boys only want one thing. They will say whatever they need to to get to the jackpot. How right she was & still is. Don't give it up girls, you're just a notch on their belt & they're off to the next one.