Believe It Or Not, Having Strict Parents Is Actually Not The Worst

Believe It Or Not, Having Strict Parents Is Actually Not The Worst

"GET…. OFF…. THE PHONE."
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When you're the child of very strict parents, you've most likely been subjected to multiple types of instruction and discipline. Whether you were told to take out the trash, go pick up the groceries (or your sister from school), or to do well in class, your parent will always be on your case in just about every facet of your natural born life.

Yes, even into marriage and beyond they'll still tell you to wash your hands and tie your shoes (there's no escape). So if you've ever been in a scenario that requires some instruction, it might go along the lines of this...

"Make sure I don’t see that C on your report card when you come home mister; Where’s your sister, it’s 4 o’clock and she isn’t home; Stop farming the fool."

"Make sure you put the garbage and recycling in the shed; Why don’t we have any trash cans to begin with; Are you doing your homework."

"GET…. OFF…. THE PHONE; Stop farming the fool; I’ll pick you up from soccer."

"I’ll pick you up from theatre rehearsal; I’ll pick you up from marching band; I’ll pick you up from robotics."

"Make sure you eat something because you know damn well you won’t be home until nine o’clock; Idiot…..; Didn’t I tell you to take the garbage into the shed the first time, don’t let me have to tell you again; Don’t forget to email him/her about that internship offer."

"Dominic, make sure you call to see what Ph.D. programs they offer; Dougie, get those things out your ears, you’ll go deaf; Mom, I have drummers as friends, it could be worse."

"Why aren’t you asleep; what’s sleep; Did you eat today; yes; Did you REALLY eat today; well now that you mentioned it….; You should be focusing on that essay instead of playing video games; Hold on, let me get this goal real quick with Neymar."

"I don’t understand how any of this your typing is true; mom trust me, I know what I’m doing with this; Make sure you spend your money wisely; Don’t forget to eat breakfast.. ever."

"Make sure you have everything with you before you take the bus 'cause you won’t turn back after you get on; Don’t forget to shower; Did you wash your face."

"Did you wash your legs: In between your armpits; Let me smell you; You lied, get back in there; Mom this is the third time, seriously; Don’t even step foot out of that house without putting on deodorant."

"Does the printer have ink, if it doesn’t let me know; You kids and Facebook really baffle me; Why didn’t you answer my text; My phone slowly accepted its death."

"Give the same respect to the mailman as you do the President of the United States; Make sure that when you go for that career, you end up loving it; What if I can’t survive with it; Choose to work happy or choose to work miserable, that is your choice."

Yeah, you see what I'm talking about? I can assure you, however, that these simple tasks have made me into the disciplined and kind man (stressful times indeed *sigh*). Hopefully, you've been positively affected by the "strict parent life" as well as I have.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Everything I Want My Parents To Know Before I Come Back For Summer Break

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I've always been lucky to have a strong relationship with my parents, where I know I can go to either one of them at the end of the day and tell them about everything I've been up to at college. Whenever I find free time in my day, I always try to call them and update them on my life because it feels good to hear their voices and catch each other up on what's happening here and what I've been missing at home.

But while I do try my best to talk to my parents and keep them in the loop, there still are a few things that I want them to know and understand, especially before I come back home for the summer for a few months.

First of all, I want them to know how tired I'm going to be when I step through the front door.

While I'll be thrilled to see everyone, such as my brother, my dog, and all of my hometown friends, I'm also going to be feeling completely exhausted, since I'll be coming straight out of finals week and a long four-hour drive back home. So Mom and Dad, if I'm acting lethargic or deciding to stay under my covers for a few days in a row, don't think it's because I'm trying to avoid you when really I'm just trying to catch up on all the sleep that I've missed.

The next thing I want my parents to know is that I'm going to be feeling a bit sad as well.

Leaving behind all the aspects of college, such as freedom and independence, is already hard enough, but leaving behind all of the people that make college such a special place will be the worst part of it. Going three months without seeing my friends will feel like an eternity and will hurt more than you can imagine because I'm transitioning from being able to walk down the hall or taking the elevator to visit them in their rooms, to being separated by a few hours in different states. I'm sure that over the summer I might make a few plans to try and visit them, but it'll be different and a lot more difficult, since we'll all probably have conflicting summer schedules. So Mom and Dad, if it seems like I'm down or "out of it," don't think that I'm not excited to see you, because I definitely am and have missed you both immensely. But at the same time, I'll be losing some very important people for a while, and that's not going to be easy to endure.

Another thing I want my parents to know is how far I've come and how hard I've worked this year.

I know that they usually are aware of this and always remind me of how proud they are, but they'll never be able to see all of the restless nights spent in the library studying for tests, or me juggling multiple tasks around campus throughout the day. They won't fully be aware of the fact that I've been trying to manage not only academics but a healthy social life, and that while all of this is not easy, I'm still pushing through this from day to day. And while they might be able to get an idea of what this lifestyle is like, they still aren't able to be here with me throughout the entire journey, observing every task, project, or test I'm working on. When I leave campus on my last day, I'll leave knowing that I did everything that I could to produce my strongest work, even if one or two of my final grades aren't an A+. So, Mom and Dad, I want you to know that no matter what grades I do get at the end of this year, I want you to realize how much time and effort I've been putting into my work and my studies, and I hope you'll understand that I truly did the best I could.

But most importantly, I want my parents to know how extremely thankful I am for supporting me in the school of my dreams ever since my first day of freshman year.

This school has changed me for the better and has allowed me to grow as a student, a thinker, a writer, a leader, a young adult, and so much more. I've been able to take classes that I'm passionate about and pursue career and networking opportunities that will help guide me for possible future job experiences. I've had the opportunity to meet some of the best people who I'm lucky to call my people, and who are able to be here for me and support me when you guys are a few hundred miles away and unable to do so. So, Mom and Dad, I want to thank you both for providing me with this amazing experience and for always supporting me throughout every step that I've taken. I can confidently say that if it weren't for your endless support and love, I would be a different person in a different situation.

I still have a few more weeks until I can officially say that I'm a junior in college and that I'm on summer break, but Mom and Dad, I can't wait to see you, and I hope that you know all of these things before I walk through the front door and embark on an amazing summer at home.

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