Thank You, Mom and Dad, For Letting Me Drink In High School

Thank You, Mom and Dad, For Letting Me Drink In High School

I never want to be that drunk girl crying on the curb at 2 A.M.
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Thank you so much, Mom and Dad, for letting me drink in high school.

My parents are in the middle; they’re not strict but they also don’t let me do whatever I want. They set rules in place for me and my siblings, and we always knew there would be consequences for breaking those rules. That saying, they trusted me a lot in high school. I didn’t have a curfew, I could come and go as I pleased (if I told them where I was going), and they let me be a teenager.

I’m not a spoiled kid whose parents let me do everything I wanted.

I earned the right to that freedom. I earned their trust by keeping a job to pay for everything myself, by getting good grades and trying hard in school, and by always showing that I respected the rules they did make me follow.

Now, I’m not thanking my parents because I loved to get wasted every night and party all the time. I’m thanking them because they allowed me to test my limits in high school so that when I got to college, I wasn’t the drunk girl crying on the curb at 2 A.M.

One of my long-time friends grew up with very strict parents. She wasn’t allowed to drive until she was 18, she rarely could go out on the weekends, and she definitely wasn’t allowed to drink. Like most teenagers, she broke those rules on occasion, but for the most part, she was horrible at sneaking around and often ended up grounded. She is now a freshman at a small mid-west school where she gets drunk every night. All I hear about is how drunk she got the night before and all I can think is “It’s a Tuesday. What are you doing?”

She has gone crazy.

College is supposed to be a time where you let freedom ring and take advantage of no parent supervision, but that doesn’t mean you should drink your weeks away.

I knew this would happen. I can’t tell you how many people I have met whose parents were super strict in high school and now they didn’t know how to control themselves in college. I know how to have fun and still remember what happened the night before and can function the next day. Many kids who grew up in strict households struggle with their new freedom and don’t know self-control because they were always under 24/7 supervision.

If you’re this student, remember you are in college to study and get a degree. I’m not saying get straight A’s but focus on school more. Parties happen Thursday through Sunday and there is plenty of time to have fun then; that’s what the rest of us do. No one will judge you for not going out all the time, but people are judging you for your constant wasted state.

Reputations form easily and they are hard to get rid of.

Start college on a good note, please.

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1. Ahhh, it's so nice to be home

Buckingham Palace ain't got nothing on this place

2. OMG my pups!! I missed you doggos so much

Just accept my love. Pls. Love me back, I've been gone for 8 months. I'm begging.

3. Wow this queen bed is so big

*cue sleeping in a starfish position*

4. Finally a bedroom to myself

Headphones? I don't know her.

5. But wait, it's kinda scary sleeping in a dark room alone again

"Hello? Are there any ghosts in here?"

6. Sooooooo, no more meal plan?

Are you sure the local Chick-Fil-A doesn't accept meal swipes?

7. Who am I supposed to annoy at 2am if my friends don't live down the hall anymore?

2:30 AM: "Mom? Dad? Wanna go get french fries with me? Maybe watch a movie?"

*Snoring*

"Okay maybe tomorrow...Sorry for bothering you. Okay good talk!"

8. "Mom you're going to do my laundry now, right?"

I mean it's kinda your job isn't it?

No? Okay yes ma'am I will do my own laundry no problemo, aye aye captain!

9. Me and my friends are going to spend every day together

*Me talking to myself through the camera on Snapchat*:

"So we're approaching day four with zero human interaction. Pretty good work, but we could do better!"

10. Yes, final grades are in! Can't wait to see what I got this semester!

*Slowly closes computer screen*

11. Do I really have to ask my parents to leave the house?

*Doesn't Ask*:

Mom: "HOW DARE YOU LEAVE THIS HOUSE WITHOUT OUR PERMISSION! YOU LIVE UNDER OUR ROOF AND WILL ABIDE BY OUR RULES."

*Asks*:

Mom: "Oh honey you're an adult now, you don't have to ask! Come and go as you please!"

12. Chores? Yea no thank you.

They've been doing them without me for months. They're all set.

13. Wait, so forreal though.. do restaurants in town take my meal plan?

Bank Account: $5.93

*Whispers to worker* "I won't tell if you don't. Just swipe my school ID, see if it works."

14. Will my Juul set off the fire alarm in my bedroom?

Probably.

*Rips Juul*

15. I kinda underestimated how weird it would be to hang out with people from my high school again.

"Oh no you haven't changed a bit Janice! Your baby is so cute lol."

*Awkwardly laughs*

16. Why do my old friends have new friends?

I don't like this, not one bit.

17. Can they tell that I'm not really listening to their stories about school?

"Yeah haha Delta Sigma Mu sounds sooooo dope Chad, that's ~wild~ that you had late nights three times a week lol!"

"Oh you snuck into the football stadium when the gates were unlocked?? That's crazy, you're crazy, school sounds... crazy!"

18. I'm bored. How long until I can go back to school?

Is it too late for a summer intersession?

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Even If You Aren't Friends With Them, They Still Deserve Your Respect

You will always have to work with people who you may not favor or they may not favor you, but being respectful gets you far in life.
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My parents have always been a major source of inspiration, for as long as I can remember. They always demonstrate great parenting skills. And, most importantly, they own up to their mistakes.

Part of being a successful parent is giving the right advice. My parents always know what to say and when to say it. Even if their words that they offer me are the brutal truth, it still inspires me to be better every day.

The best piece of advice my parents gave to me is that you don’t have to be a fan of everyone in your lifetime. However, everyone deserves respect. In other words, “kill them with kindness.” If I had a dollar for every time I have heard these words, I would be rich.

I feel as if these words have shaped me as a person, and they help me understand what is important in life. You will always have to work with people who you may not favor or they may not favor you, but being respectful gets you far in life. If you show respect, it becomes contagious. Others will respect you more.

Also, when you show that others’ rude acts do not bother you and all you do is kill them with kindness, it is a satisfying feeling to show that you are the bigger person in a situation like this. There are many times in life when people will treat you with disrespect; however, just because someone does not give you respect doesn’t mean you also have to treat them the same way. Being kind, showing respect, and having manners are always qualities that people look for in others.

If there is any advice I would pass down, it is exactly this that my parents always remind me of.

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