Could your strict parents know best?
Sarah reflects on her strict parents and how they may have been right when they tried to protect her from 'bad influences'
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All my life I’ve had strict parents, my mam and dad were always the type to stop me from doing things that in the spur of the moment I wanted to do. I wasn't oppressed by my parents, like any other parents they worried about my safety especially as I began hanging around with different girls who my parents didn’t like.
I have had the same best friend since I began playschool we have always gone to the same school and live within very close range of each other. If I asked my mam and dad to go anywhere with this girl within reason they were happy to agree.
When we joined secondary school I met loads of new friends some good, some definitely not as good. Me and the girl I had been best friends with met 3 other girls that came from a different school and we immediately became a group. They were really nice to start off with in first and second year but in third year they changed.
They were a lot more advanced than I was and would often go out late at night and drink alcohol. As I wasn’t allowed out past 9:30 when they said they were having parties I felt left out. I felt my parents were too strict. But when I found out these “parties” were in a field I began to realise that my strict parents knew best.
Now I myself see that these friends are in fact better for me I’m happier around them I don’t feel like I have to impress them constantly. My studies have gotten better and I look forward to seeing them and we have fun that I actually enjoy. So I thank my “strict parents” for keeping me safe and happy even though it CERTAINLY didn’t feel that way at the time. So, Thanks mam and dad!