8 Things You Can Relate To If You Had Protective Parents

8 Things You Can Relate To If You Had Protective Parents

Yes, they were protective, but it was for your own good and because they loved you.

When I was growing up, I remember the long processes of making new friends, having sleepovers, and going out places. And when a boyfriend came into the picture...well that was a whole other obstacle.

There were many questions, concerns, and rules. If you were like me, then I am sure you can relate to these 8 things about having protective parents.

1. The new friend interrogation.

Who are they? What do their parents do? Are they good students? How did you meet them? Are they a good person?

You know the drill. You nod your head yes to every question in hopes the interrogation ends soon.

2. "You go with them and you leave with them."

If you go anywhere with your siblings, you were to stay together and not leave each other. You were also to know where each other was at all times. You were to come home together, in the same vehicle, at the same time.

This was also true with friends. If you go out with a certain group of people, you better come home with that same group of people.

3. The thousand and one texts.

"Text me when you get there."

"Text me if you go somewhere else."

"Text me when you are back in the car."

"Text me when you are on your way home."

And on and on and on.

4. The sheer panic that goes through your body when you realize you are going to be late for curfew.

"Be home by 11. Don't you dare walk in that door at 11:01."

That was the last thing you heard before you left for the night. Now it is 11:01, and you are still out.

5. The relief of coming home to sleeping parents.

After you rush into the house in a panic thinking that your parents are waiting to yell at you for being late, you come home to find one parent in bed and the other asleep on the couch.

Thank the Lord. You are saved this time.

6. The "leave room for Jesus" rule.

When you bring your significant other to your home it is a whole other ball game. You better not be sitting too close to that boy, there better be talking at all times, if you go into the basement alone there will be random checkups, hands are to be above the blanket, and no, he is NOT allowed in your room.

7. Your parents have eyes everywhere.

If your parents are protective AND they know everyone ever in the whole world, then there is no hope for you. Even if the thought of overstepping a boundary or breaking the rules once comes into your head, you know sooner or later they are going to find out and, honestly, it just isn't worth it.

8. "Can I talk to you alone for a minute?" was the most terrifying question in the world.

As soon as you were asked this question, you wracked through your brain for every little thing you have ever done wrong. You formulated a well thought out apology. Your heart was racing and death was near.

Despite the overwhelming questions and many, many rules, we know our parents are only doing this because they love us and want us safe. Without them, who knows what trouble we would've gotten into.

So, thanks, Mom and Dad for protecting me and loving me the way you did!

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Dear Mom, I Hope You Know

I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.

Dear Mom,

I hope you know that I appreciate you.

You are the hardest working woman I know, continuously putting your family before yourself. Thank you for doing all of the tedious jobs that no one wants to do like keeping the house in order, cooking the food, and doing the laundry. Thank you for constantly putting up with my siblings and I. Thank you for always supporting us in our interests and hobbies. Thank you for investing in our daily lives and listening to our minor problems. Thank you for always loving us unconditionally.

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I hope you know I'm sorry.

I know I can be a big pain in the butt sometimes, and for that I'm sorry. I'm sorry for yelling at you, arguing with you, not listening to you, and making dumb decisions at times, but thank you for loving me anyways. Thank you for helping me stand back up, teaching me right from wrong, and pushing me to be the very best version of me.

I hope you know your love inspires me.

You live your life with a love that is contagious. Whether its nurturing love, tough love, friendly love, or romantic love, you have it all and you show it daily. The love you and Dad share is something I hope to find one day and the love you have for your family is evident in the way you constantly put us first.

I hope you know that you are my biggest role model and hero.

Ever since I was a little girl, you have been the person I have looked to in my life. You are strong, independent, confident, loving, supportive, and nurturing-- everything I strive to be as a woman and as a future mother. You give the best advice, even when I don't always take it. Though, I should know better by now because mothers always know best. Without you in my life, I honestly don't know where I'd be.

I hope you know that you are my best friend.

Not only are you my biggest cheerleader supporting me in everything I do, you are the person I talk to about everything, whether it's good or bad. I'm honestly so thankful for the relationship we share because I've had countless screwups and you literally give the best advice. Seriously, thank you for being the person I can count on at all times, at any time of the day or even night to just talk with. I mean we really do have some of the best conversations, best laughs, best cries (when needed), and the most fun watching cheesy chick flicks together or going on crazy shopping adventures.

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I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.

I don't mean to make you cry or anything -- even though you probably already are, but I want you to know that when the time comes, I'm going to be there for you just like all of these years you've been here for me. I will be there to support you, talk with you, laugh with you, cry with you, and love you for all of my life.

Honestly, I can't really imagine my life without you -- but it doesn't matter because I wouldn't be here without you, so here's to you.

Thank you for being you.

Love you lots!

Your daughter.

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