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!

Cover Image Credit: Caitlin Johnston

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An Open Letter to the Best Friend I Didn't See Coming

Some people come into your life and change you forever—thanks, bestie.

Dear best friend,

I wasn't expecting you when God placed you in my life. I had my friends. I had my people. I wasn't exactly open to the idea of new meaningful friendships because I had the ones I needed, and it didn't seem like I really needed anybody new.

Thank God that was false. Sometimes you meet people and you just know that you're going to be good friends with. Sometimes you meet people and you realize that there is no such thing as chance. I think God has a funny way of making it seem as if the things that happen to us are by chance, but honestly, that’s a load of crap. If the biggest moments of our lives were left up to chance, then I believe that would make God out to seem as if he didn’t care. It would make it seem as if He was truly abandoning me and making me face some of my most important seasons fully isolated. But you, best friend, are a true testament to the fact that God doesn’t just leave such important aspects up to chance. Thank you for taking a chance on our friendship, and thank you for allowing me to take a chance on what I didn’t realize would be the most impactful friendship in my entire life.

Thank you for being real with me. Thank you for not sugar coating things. Thank you for telling me when I have a bad attitude. Thank you for loving me through my mistakes. Thank you for supporting me in my decisions, even if it isn’t always the decision you would make. Thank you for wanting the best for me, and for making that your true intent behind the words that you say to me, whether they be constructive criticism or encouragement.

Thank you for being a goof with me. Thank you for putting me first. Thank you for seeing the importance of our friendship. Thank you for making time in your schedule for us to just sit and do homework, eat Mexican food, or sit on the porch and listen to music that emotionally wrecks you.

You’re one of a kind. You’re a shoulder to lean on. You’re a safe place. You’re a free spirit. You’re rough and tough, but your heart melts for the people you love and it’s obvious. You’re more than meets the eye. You are worth getting to know. You are worth loving. You pursue people. You are passionate about your future. You are everything that a person needs, and I really thank God that for some reason you continue to choose to be in my life. Thank you for literally dragging me up my mountains of fear when I want to stay exactly where I am at and wallow in the sadness. You bring joy—true joy—wherever you go. You are my best friend, confidant, and biggest fan. You will be the Maid of Honor, Godmother, and fun Aunt.

I used to think lifelong friendships weren’t really a thing. It just seemed like people always grew apart and forever was never a point that was attainable. Best friends forever is a cliché phrase that is continuously overused nowadays (sometimes, I even used to make light of it), but thanks for making that a reality. You are truly the best friend I could have asked for. So thank you for it all. You make life more fun, and I couldn’t thank God more for making an incredible human, friends with me.

I love you, pal!


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14 Things You Relate To If You Grew Up WithOUT Any Cousins

*GASP* "What, you really don't have any cousins?"


It always shocks every person who hears me state that I do not have any cousins. For some reason, this is just hard for people to really believe when it's actually not something impossible. I think we are all just so used to large families that it sounds weird when people say that they have no cousins. Yet, it is definitely a potential reality, and actually impossible if each of your parents is the only child to your grandparents.

Here are 14 things that you can relate to if you grew up without any cousins.

1. Nobody believes you when you say that you don't have any cousins

I'm serious, for the tenth time.

2. Your grandparents spoil you

With no other grandchildren to worry about, it's pretty easy to do.

3. You don't understand when people say that cousins are your first best friends

My best friend was my first best friend.

4. You and your siblings are always the youngest people at family events

This was simultaneosuly a good thing and a bad thing.

5. You get all of the attention at holidays

Since you're the youngest one around, then distant relatives are always doting over you.

6. Everything you do is deemed awesome by your extended family because there is nobody to compete with

It's much easier to be praised when you aren't being compared to someone similar to your age.

7. You don't know how to hold babies

You're never around them so why would you?

8. Family photos are pretty easy to coordinate

The less people, the easier.

9. Other family members spoil you just because 

Afterall, you are the only kid around...

10. The family will make comments regarding the potential for you to have a cousin as a justification for why they aren't doing something for you

When you hear, "I can't buy you too much because someday your aunt is going to have kids and I will have to do the same for them" you cringe and just had to know that all of the attention wouldn't last forever.

11. Birthdays are always a big deal

A perk of not having very many to remember.

12. If your parents' siblings own pets, then you refer to the animal as your cousin

Cat cousins, dog cousins, lizard cousins, and fish cousins can be pretty cool, actually.

13. Sometimes you dream of marrying into a big family

This is to ensure that your kids do grow up with cousins.

14. You appreciate the closeness of your tight-knit fam

Maybe the only thing you would miss if you had a big family is the opportunity to develop such close bonds with the few relatives that you do have.

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